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Salah tests positive for coronavirus – Egyptian FA

Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt.

The Egyptian Football Association announced on Friday that the Liverpool midfielder returned a positive test ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo but is asymptomatic.

The (translated) statement read:

The medical swab conducted on the mission of our first national football team showed that our international player, Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, was infected with the coronavirus after his test came out positive – although he does not suffer from any symptoms.

[He] was subject to the medical protocol after the coordination of the national team doctor, Dr Muhammad Abu Al-Ola, with his English club, Liverpool, in addition to isolating him in his room and also isolating all contacts.

In a later announcement, Egypt confirmed that a second test backed up the findings of the first:

At the time of writing, Liverpool have yet to confirm the news.

Barring any further developments, Salah will now have to undergo a period of self-isolation and will very likely be unavailable for the Gameweek 9 visit of Leicester City.

The Reds are already injury-ravaged heading into that fixture, with Joe Gomez (£5.4m) joining Virgil van Dijk (£6.3m) on the sidelines and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) also a major doubt with a calf problem.

Sadio Mane (£12.0m) of course tested positive for coronavirus last month, returning to training at Melwood after a 10-day period of self-isolation and featuring for the Reds in the Merseyside derby, 15 days after his initial diagnosis.

Salah could feasibly return in Gameweek 10, then, if a similar timeframe of recovery, isolation and return to training pans out – although there is also the small matter of a flight back to England in between.

We have already seen West Bromwich Albion’s Callum Robinson (£5.5m) withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad after returning a positive test of his own.

Wolves’ Conor Coady (£5.0m) is also self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier on Friday, Ireland revealed that Alan Browne had returned a positive coronavirus test after playing against England – although the Football Association of Ireland added that “no close contacts of the player” had been identified.

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1,971 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Salah, Brewster to Bruno (C), Richarlison?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes!

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Looks good to me. Planning Salah Maupay to Bruno (c) Richarlison myself

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Depends if Brewster was your 8th attacker or not

  2. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    May just have to free hit, already taken a -8

    1. SKULL AND GNOMES
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Just take an aspirin.

    2. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I've taken -8 too, am sticking with it because I definitely don't want to see Mitro, Foden & Saiss back in my squad the following week.

    3. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      same, don't particularly want Foden back but the FH might be the play...another player issue would cement it for me as I've a weak bench

  3. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Want to sell Salah but need him to drop to 0.2 to 12.2,no chance right?

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      drop 0.2*

    2. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      It should definitely happen. We’ve got a week until deadline still.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Remember last season when FPL blatantly stopped Salah from dropping. I very much doubt he will drop more than .1

        1. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          That’s very true, but was that below starting price? It was stupid though. As ridiculous as Son getting 1m transfers in and only going up once or whatever it was a few weeks ago.

        2. ...al
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I agree with this he will drop .1 after a few days then be over -100% a few nights and not drop until after another deadline

          1. Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            He didn’t give a timescale on when he needed the second drop by. I figured not this week as he’s selling him and it’s more about when he’ll buy him back. Which would be beyond the next deadline.

      2. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        When you discount WC's there is very little transfer activity at the moment and it won't pick up until Wed/Thurs

    3. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Will likely only drop 0.1 before next deadline but could drop another 0.1 shortly after that depending on the news at that stage

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yes risky,would probably keep him.
        Cant afford at 12.3m,nowhere to shave 0.1 more

  4. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Salah to Mane no brainer?

    Or just leave as he will be back the week after and hope Mane doesn't do much damage?

    1. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Far too complex for a yes/no answer.

      Yet I'm going to say no, lol.

  5. Voodoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    How’s this WC team looking?

    Martinez Forster
    Creswell Chilwell Cancelo Lamptey Phillips
    Zaha Grealish Fernandes De Bruyne Bissouma
    Calvert-Lewin Vardy Watkins

    2.0 itb for Salah return.

    Thanks.

      1. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Wow thanks

    1. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Good.

      Consider Marty + Cresswell + Phillips to McCarthy + Coufal + Targett / Cash

      1. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers.

  6. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Got in Salah + Bruno + Ziyech. If I FH that -8 disappears and I revert to the team I had before those moves after GW9 right?

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Correct

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        presumed so, brain not switched on to FPL, cheers, will probably just do that so

    2. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Seems odd to be happy to have your old team back when you were prepared to spend -8 making changes

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        that's 2020 for ya!

  7. afs2239
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    on WC
    I have Salah since the start
    should i sell or keep

    1. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Depends on a number of things, how long he's out for, how your team is set up currently, what you could do with funds if you sell etc. I'd wait until all the press conferences are done next week, wait to hear from Klopp, then make an informed decision. No need to rush, it's not worth making early moves due to team value.

      1. afs2239
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        thank u

  8. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Up to you

    1. SKULL AND GNOMES
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Unless you are a mind controlled blancmange

  9. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Sell Foden or Podence?

    1. SKULL AND GNOMES
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Dear Prudence.

    2. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Both ideally. Prioritise Podence out.

  10. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Do you think Nat Phillips (4.0) is viable in a rotation with other cheap defenders? Or would you just keep Mitchell as 5th defender on a WC?

    1. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I think he is for now but could be short term. The way I see it is that Matip cant play twice a week so I think he plays with Phillips in the league as Phillips isnt registered in the UCL squad and Williams plays with Fabinho in those games but once the 3 group games are done it will be a tougher one to predict. But good option for now as 5th def

  11. Clam. ☘️
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Better prospects over the next three GWs?

    (i) Two of Ziyech, Zaha or Hamez + Richarlison
    (ii) One of Ziyech, Zaha or Hamez + Jota + Jesus

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      (I). I saw somewhere that Aguero almost fit

  12. tbhogal
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    After the Salah news which option is best ? Have 2 free transfers.

    A) Foden > Ziyech + Saiss > Coufal
    B) Salah > Bruno + Foden > Jota

    Martinez (Steer)
    Chilwell, Robbo, Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
    Podence, Salah, Son, Grealish (Foden)
    Bamford, DCL, Kane..

  13. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hey All, I am on my WC. If I press FH will it override the WC? Just a thought!

    1. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I don’t think so no. Once wildcard activated that’s it

    2. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      FH can override transfers but not a WC

  14. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Any chance Bruno rises tonight?

    1. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

    2. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      v likely

      as in most likely

  15. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team punting on triple EVE and triple MUN:

    De Gea
    Digne Maguire Chilwell
    Bruno Hames Grealish Ziyech
    DCL Watkins Kane
    (Forster Jota Cresswell Lamptey)

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      actually probably downgrade De Gea and Jota and punt on Rashford over Ziyech on second thoughts

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Not bad, but why have so much money on the bench on a FH team?

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        don't want to drop value players like DCL, Wakins, Grealish on my FH (especially since they've a good fixture) so have the spare cash.

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          in saying that after getting Rashford it's now Jota Balbuena Killing so not so bad

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            *Kilman

  16. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    With Gomez and VVD out is Phillips nailed?

    1. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Who is going to start?

    2. Pep to be small
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Janmaat lurking

  17. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Would be classic FPL if Bruno was ruled out due to COVID later next week

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      That's why u shouldn't do transfers so early

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      It would be so funny.

  18. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Is Saïss to Coufal on free best move or anything else you would suggest?
    0.7 m in bank.

    Martinez
    Lamptey Chilwell Saïss
    Son Grealish Ziyech (c) Podence
    Kane DCL Brewster

    Forster Mitchell* Salah* TAA*

    1. Scrumper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Keep Saiss if Coady is out due to covid, upgrade Podence to Jota to gamble on him getting Salah's haul instead

      1. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Or sort out TAA

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Thanks- perhaps TAA to Cancelo and Podence to Jota-4. Cannot afford Podence to Jota without raising more cash

          1. Scrumper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Sorry - didn't clock that. I'd Def sort out TAA then and then decide which MF to upgrade Podence to with the spare funds - maybe you want someone more nailed long-term than jota? Jota got some serious potential upside tho.

            At the very least sorting out TAA gives you more on the bench, could even save the cash and FT

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      sort out your non playing defenders

  19. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Original plan here was simply Podence-> Grealish and captain Salah.
    Now not sure.
    Maybe Son-> Fernandes (c) + Podence-> Grealish (-4) anyway?
    May need to play both Ayling + Justin too but not much I can do there.

    McCarthy.
    Cancelo, Chilwell, Mitchell.
    Son, Salah**, Barkley, Podence.
    Kane, DCL, Jimenez.
    Button, Ayling, Justin, Bissouma.
    1ft, 3.8m ITB. WC in hand.

  20. ...al
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hmm.... Madness to keep Salah with the news?

    Son > Bruno
    Lamptey > 3.9 def.

    leaves me with 3 perma defenders but a nice lineup

    Martinez
    Robertson Chilwell Kilman
    Salah Fernandes Ziyech Jrod Grealish
    DCL Kane

    Exact cash today. Too shifty? The attacking lineup looks great

    A spare defender might do might do me a bit, but they'll likely get 2 pts anyways the way things are going

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      So no playing defenders on the bench? If so that's a no from me. Also I wouldn't lose Lamptey, looks a season keeper, especially if you got at 4.5.

      1. ...al
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        4.6. that .1 when he wasn't expected to rise really done me over for a few weeks after!

        I don't usually have more than 1 on the bench but this season I've had 2/3 but rarely used em

        The attacking lineup just looks so nice. Selling Salah would prob be the easiest way to get kdb/bruno in

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It does look nice, I have almost the same, just Barkley instead of Fernandes (who will become KDB next week). I am tempted to sell Salah but with my transfer strategy could only justify it if I brought in KDB early, and it would be for a hit so just going to bench for now, 1st bench is Barkley so I can live with that 🙂

          Going forward I would want to have 2 playing bench minimum with the busy schedule coming up and covid lurking.

  21. Phil's Stamps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Captain?

    For none-Bruno owners captain has become a bit of a dice-roll this week. I don't fancy Grealish against an improved Brighton defence, so -in my squad- I have narrowed it down to:

    A) Ziyech - never confident captaining a none-premium away
    B) DCL - would rather wait to see Everton clicking again, and Coleman out is a minus
    C) Jrod - see above
    D) Kane - on penalties but can't see more than a goal or an assist for him in that game

    The projections tool suggests Ziyech or DCL.

    1. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      without a projection tool, they were my suggestions also

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Werner?

  22. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    What's the best scenario? Also have Salah and Wilson think I'll keep as both seem out for a week

    A) Hope Mitchell or Burke start/ Play with 10

    B) -4 to a 4.5 defender from Mitchell

    C) -4 to Soucek from Burke

  23. SKULL AND GNOMES
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Jota (c).
    Yes?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No

  24. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Martinez Forster
    PvA Lamptey Justin Taylor Lewis
    Mane KdB Bruno Grealish Berge
    Vardy Richarlison Watkins

    0.6 ITB

    GW 10 | Mane -> Salah
    GW 12 | PvA, Richarlison -> Robertson, Wilson

    Can this WC team work out?

  25. HD7
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Do Salah to Bruno before price changes or wait because everything can happen with Bruno also?

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      In same boat and think I'm gonna wait.

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Wait

  26. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hate losing money..

    Salah ➡️ Bruno (C) -4?

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No. It’s still too early. Bruno could get injured vs France, you never know

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Do you think it’s worth it in general v

  27. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Richarlison back. DCL got to be in for a (C) shout? Who’s with me

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      He's my VC Werner [C] may change last min

  28. mrtapio
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Salah ownership has scared me so much I was just about to do Mané > Salah. Him possibly missing next GW is a gift. Right now, for the next GW at least, there is no player I'm scared not to own.

  29. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    On a WC, have two options.

    GW 9 | Vardy (liv), Berge/Soucek, Mane
    GW 10-11 | Mane -> Salah

    GW 9 | Werner (new), Berge vs Soucek (will have to play both), bench Salah
    GW 10 | Werner -> Vardy (ful)

    Help me decide?

  30. HashAttack
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Is Rashford likely to play gw9?