Mohamed Elneny Tests Positive As International Break Sees Spike In Premier League COVID-19 Cases

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Arsenal and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny has tested positive for Covid-19, his agent said Monday, as figures published by the Premier League showed a sharp increase in cases coinciding with the international break. Already unpopular with Premier League clubs as a result of the risk of injury to key players, the temper some of the likes of Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and his fellow top-flight bosses is unlikely to be improved by figures from the November 9-15 latest round of weekly tests showing the Premier League returned 16 positive coronavirus cases from 1,207 players and staff tested.

This compares with four positives from 1,646 tests all the way through the week of November 2-8 and a preceding weekly high of 10 positives.

And while players who were absent on international duty at the time do not need been included in the Premier League’s latest figures, there may now be concerns that the knock-on effects of players returning from long-distance trips have led to a surge in reported cases.

Those who tested positive will now self-isolate for 10 days.

As has long been its policy, the Premier League refused to name the clubs or individuals involved.

But Alan Nazmy, Elneny’s agent, tweeted: “Elneny Positive Cov19 recuperate soon.”

Meantime, the Egyptian Football Organization confirmed in a Facebook post that Elneny used to be isolating in line with medical protocols.

His Covid-19 result came just three days after it used to be announced that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah had also tested positive while on international duty with Egypt.

“The result of the medical swabs conducted by the national team upon arrival in Togo showed negative all aside from for Arsenal player Mohamed Elneny, whose result appeared positive without any symptoms,” the EFA said.

“The player immediately began to execute the special medical protocol for people infected with Covid-19.”

An Egypt side without Salah whip Togo 1-0 in Cairo on Saturday in the first of two back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches between the countries.

Salah has scored eight Premier League goals for Liverpool already this season.

Whether he’s sidelined, it would be a blow for Premier League champions Liverpool, who were disadvantaged of Senegal forward Sadio Mane earlier in the season when he too tested positve for coronavirus, even supposing he has since returned to the team.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already missing defender Joe Gomez to a knee tendon injury he suffered while on England duty final week.

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The club say Gomez is likely to be sidelined for months.

And the Reds are counting the price of being disadvantaged of key central defender Virgil van Dijk for what is expected to be lots of the season after he tore knee ligaments in a conflict with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford final month.

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