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Liverpool's Salah tests positive for coronavirus, says Egyptian FA

Saturday, 2020-11-14 08:11:51
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Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has tested positive for the coronavirus. (Photo: Liverpool FC)
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Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has tested positive for the coronavirus on the eve of Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo, the Egyptian Football Association said on Friday (Nov. 13).

Salah’s positive test is another blow for Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who is already facing a defensive crisis with the loss of centre backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, potentially for the remainder of the season.

* Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been handed a suspended one-match European competition ban, UEFA said on Friday. The Portuguese coach was deemed to be responsible for the late kickoff of Spurs' Europa League match at Royal Antwerp on Oct. 29.

* Sheffield Wednesday have appointed former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis as their new head coach to replace Garry Monk, the English Championship club said in a statement on Friday. Wednesday sacked Monk earlier this week with the club sitting 23rd in the second-tier standings after three wins from 11 league games.

* France striker Kylian Mbappe faces a late fitness test ahead of their Nations League A Group 3 clash away to Portugal, coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday. The Paris St Germain forward missed Les Bleus's 2-0 home defeat by Finland with a thigh injury that made his presence for the Portugal trip on Saturday uncertain.

* Sierra Leone came from four goals down to hold Nigeria to a 4-4 draw in a dramatic Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Benin City as the preliminaries for the 2022 finals continued on Friday. Tunisia kept their 100per cent record in the qualifiers with a 1-0 home victory over Tanzania, while Morocco's Hakim Ziyech scored twice as they beat Central African Republic 4-1 but South Africa struggled before winning 2-0 at home to Sao Tome e Principe.

* Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has been isolated from the national team after testing positive for coronavirus ahead of two Nations League games against Sweden and Portugal, the federation said on Friday. Brozovic's positive test follows that of captain Domagoj Vida, who was taken off at halftime during Wednesday's friendly against Turkey after the team was notified that he had returned a positive COVID-19 result.

* Rory McIlroy's hopes of completing a career grand slam at Augusta National this week seemed all but over on Friday morning but just a few hours later he produced a spectacular fightback to show he could perhaps pull off a record Masters comeback win. Four-times major champion McIlroy dug himself into a deep hole by opening with a three-over-par 75 that left him 10 strokes off the lead at a tournament where nobody has come from more than seven behind after 18 holes.

* England women's home friendly against Norway next month has been called off with the visitors unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions in their country, the English Football Association said on Friday. The Lionesses were scheduled to face Norway at the Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Dec. 1 in what would have been their final match of the year.

* Sergio Ramos is set to become the most capped European footballer of all time when Spain visit Switzerland in the Nations League on Saturday (Nov 14). The Spain captain, who last year became his country's all-time appearance maker, is in line for a 177th match which will take him ahead of former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as the continent's most capped player.

* Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for COVID-19, less than a day after playing against England in Thursday's friendly at Wembley Stadium. Browne, 25, is the second Ireland player to test positive for the novel coronavirus this week after striker Callum Robinson missed the 3-0 defeat for the same reason.

* Paris St Germain striker Neymar has been ruled out of Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay next week in Montevideo. The forward arrived in Brazil with a leg injury and although he was certain to miss Friday's game against Venezuela in Sao Paulo, the national team's doctors hoped he would recover in time for the second match in the double header next Tuesday.