Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny have secured a private flight back to England after testing positive for Covid-19.
Liverpool talisman Salah was forced to sit out Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification double-header against Togo after being diagnosed with coronavirus last Friday.
The 28-year-old posted another positive test on Wednesday while in self-isolation, and is now set to miss the Reds’ top of the table Premier League clash against Leicester on Sunday.
It has been reported that Salah will have to wait until Monday for his next test, which would mark his tenth and final day in quarantine if the result comes back negative.
Egypt announced that Arsenal midfielder Elneny had also contracted coronavirus on Tuesday, and he subsequently sat out their 3-1 victory over Togo, having played in the first of their Group G meetings with their African rivals three days earlier, which ended in a 1-0 win for Hossam El Badry’s side.
The Gunners will be forced to make do without the 28-year-old when they take in a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United this weekend, but he will be travelling back to London with his compatriot on Friday.
Elneny and Salah will be returning to England on a “medically equipped” plane, and will be tested again once they touch down in the country’s capital city before continuing their respective spells in self-isolation.