Mohamed Salah limped off with an injury late in Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland on Friday, after he earlier scored a record-breaking goal for the Pharaohs.
The Liverpool star scored directly from a corner kick just before half-time to make it 4-0, but later had to be removed in second-half stoppage time with an injury.
Salah was injured in the 88th minute of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and had to be treated on the sideline before he returned to the match.
But the 26-year-old was unable to shake off the injury and was forced to withdraw from the game in stoppage time, with Egypt playing the rest of the match with 10 men having already used all three substitutions.
The Pharaohs would still win the game easily, giving them two wins from three games in qualification thus far.
After the game, Egypt assistant Hany Ramzy indicated his optimism that the problem wouldn’t turn out to be serious.
“[The] initial diagnosis of the medical staff of [the] Egypt national team is that Salah suffered a muscular injury,” Ramzy told BeIN Sports. “He will be examined to determine the details, but in my opinion it is not serious.”
By netting the audacious effort from the corner flag, Salah set a new Egyptian record with his 13th career goal in Africa Cup of Nations qualification, going one past previous record-holder Hossam Hassan.
Overall, it was the 40th goal of Salah’s Egypt career, putting the Liverpool star alone in third place among the African nation’s all-time top scorers.
Only Hassan El Shazly (44 goals) and Hassan (79) have now scored more Egypt goals than Salah.
But of more immediate concern will be the Liverpool star’s health status, with the Reds returning to action next Saturday against Huddersfield Town.
After scoring 44 times last season Salah has yet to hit those same heights in 2018-19, scoring just three goals so far this campaign.