Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is reportedly a doubt to face Crystal Palace after the international break following a reoccurrence of an ankle injury sustained in their 3-1 win over Manchester City. The 27-year-old was on the receiving end of a strong challenge by City’s Fernandinho in the first half and required treatment, but was able to continue until he was eventually substituted in the 87th minute.
While he was able to play on, the times has now reported that Liverpool ‘fear’ that Salah has injured the same ankle that has troubled him already this season. The Egyptian first sustained the ankle injury when Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury put in a fierce challenge on him during the Reds’ win over the Foxes in October – a tackle which manager Jurgen Klopp described as ‘dangerous as hell.’
As a result, Salah was forced to miss the match against rivals Manchester United, and following Fernandinho’s tackle on Sunday, there are concerns that damage has been done to the same ankle. The Liverpool Echo, meanwhile, are reporting that scans have already been carried out by the Egyptian medical team and the report claims that, from these results, they have decided that Salah will not feature in either of his nation’s upcoming clashes.
Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on 23 November hoping to maintain their current eight-point lead at the top of the table. While the Echo have claimed that he is a doubt, they add that the club will give him ‘every chance’ to prove his fitness. Salah’s form had been criticised by some in the build-up to Liverpool’s tussle with City, but he responded by stating that he ‘doesn’t care’ what people think. The former Chelsea man scored his sixth league goal on the weekend to put the hosts 2-0 up.