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Mohamed Salah joins up with Egypt squad for 2019 Afcon after extended break

The Liverpool star, 26, was given an extra period of rest following his involvement in his club’s Uefa Champions League victory against Tottenham

Mohamed Salah will lead Egypt at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil. Reuters
Mohamed Salah will lead Egypt at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil. Reuters

Mohamed Salah has joined up with the Egypt national team ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Egypt Football Association confirmed on Wednesday.

The Liverpool star, 26, was given an extra period of rest following his involvement in his club’s Uefa Champions League victory against Tottenham Hotspur on June 1.

The majority of Javier Aguirre’s squad met up last week, with Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny another late arrival following his exertions with the Premier League club in last month’s Europa League final.

Egypt, hosts of the upcoming Afcon, take on Tanzania in a friendly in Borg El Arab on Thursday – it is not certain that Salah will feature – before concluding preparations three days later with another warm-up match, against Guinea.

The 2019 Afcon takes place June 21-July 19. Placed in Group A, Egypt open the tournament against Zimbabwe in Cairo, then take on DR Congo and Uganda.

Updated: June 13, 2019 12:16 PM

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