Asernal and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny has tested postive for Coronavirus, the Egyptian Football Association have confirmed in a statement on Monday.
The 28-year-old did not show any symptoms upon their arrival in Togo for their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
Egypt will face Togo today at Stade de Kégué stadium in Lomé, Togo.
Elneny becomes the latest player for Egypt to test positive for COVID-19 after his teammate Mohamed Salah tested positve on Friday.
“The results of the medical swab conducted by the first national team mission upon its arrival in Togo showed negative for all of the players except for the player Mohamed Elnani, the national team player, and Arsenal, who showed positive results without showing any symptoms.
“Immediately, the player, who is in good condition began implementing the medical protocol for people with Covid-19, while the mission management headed by Captain Mohamed Fadl, a member of the Five-Year Committee, continued to manage the English Arsenal team to coordinate with it.
“The mission management also decided, after reviewing the opinion of the medical staff of the team headed by Dr. Muhammad Abu Al-Ela, to return the player to Cairo as part of the mission in accordance with procedures that preserve the safety of the rest of the players from the transmission of infection. Since his arrival from England, the results were negative, most recently after finishing the Togo match yesterday and before traveling yesterday to Togo,” said the Egyptian Football Association in a statement.
The Egyptian star has played 11 games for the Gunners in all competition this season, having spent last season on loan at Besiktas FC.
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By Mauwane Raophala