Mohamed Salah is confident he will be fit to play against Merseyside rivals Everton on the weekend, having had a scan on the groin injury he sustained in the Champions League victory over Manchester City.
The Egyptian star was spotted leaving the hospital on Thursday afternoon and replied with a thumbs up after being asked if he will be available for Saturday’s crunch clash.
He appeared to be in high spirits and seemed to be in no pain as he walked around freely in Cheshire with a friend before leaving in a white Mercedes.
Mohamed Salah is confident he will be fit to play against arch-rivals Everton on Saturday
When asked if he was OK to play Salah put his thumbs up as he was leaving the hospital
Earlier in the day, Salah arrived at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground but was promptly sent for a scan at the city’s Spire Hospital to assess the extent of the damage to his groin.
He arrived at the hospital at around 11.40am, leaving around 40 minutes later. Salah was asked by a couple of young autograph hunters whether he would be playing in Saturday’s Merseyside derby but he merely smiled and shrugged his shoulders.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp faces the prospect of leaving Salah, his side’s star player this season, out of Saturday’s clash in a bid to ensure he is fit to face City again on Tuesday.
Mohamed Salah arrives at Liverpool’s Spire Hospital on Thursday for a scan on his groin
Salah looked in optimistic mood as he peered out the window of his car on arrival at hospital
The Liverpool star scored their opening in the 3-0 demolition of Manchester City at Anfield
Salah took to Instagram as he prepared to undergo a scan on his injured groin
Salah earlier arrived at Liverpool’s training ground to be assessed on his groin injury
Salah received treatment before being substituted seven minutes into the second half
Boss Jurgen Klopp must decide whether to use the Egyptian winger in the Merseyside derby
Liverpool produced a commanding 3-0 lead in their quarter-final first leg but know they need another strong showing at the Etihad Stadium to ensure they progress to the semi-finals.
Salah has been in sensational form for Liverpool since his summer move from Roma and has 29 Premier League goals already this season.
And while some fans will want the focus to be on going the distance in the Champions League, Klopp will be reluctant to take on city rivals Everton without the attacker, such has been his influence.
Liverpool’s stars arrived in good spirits after the 3-0 Champions League win over Man City
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced an excellent performance and scored the second goal
It was Salah who scored the opening goal against Pep Guardiola’s City side on Wednesday before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane deepened the wounds in an electric opening 30 minutes.
The night’s downside came seven minutes into the second half as Salah was forced off with a groin injury and was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum.
Fans hoped his withdrawal was merely precautionary from the German boss but he faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s early kick-off at Goodison Park.
Asked if Salah’s injury was serious, Klopp told BT Sport: ‘I hope not. He said to me immediately after the game “all fine, all good” and we hope that’s the case. We have to wait for that.’
Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s third in one of the best performances since Klopp took charge
Captain Jordan Henderson and team-mates now switch their focus to the Merseyside derby