Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson have both pulled out of international duties this week.
Star forward Salah has been ruled out of Egypt’s upcoming matches against Kenya and Comoros due to an ankle injury.
The 27-year-old scored in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over title rivals Manchester City at the weekend before being taken off in the 87th minute.
Getty Images - GettySalah left the Anfield pitch with an injury against Spurs and his problems have continued
The Egyptian Football Association confirmed Salah’s absence with pictures of him wearing a protective boot on his left ankle.
The statement said the injury needed ‘a period of treatment to recover’.
It continued: “The player had come to the camp this morning (Tuesday) after arriving in Cairo late yesterday evening and watched the evening training that the team played at the Burj Al Arab Stadium.”
Salah has had problems with his ankle since the win over Leicester on October 5, and also had to be substituted in the victory win over Tottenham late last month.
Egypt had said the forward had indicated a desire to play for them during the break, but he was ruled out following a meeting between the national team doctor, head coach and captain.
Robertson will also sit out two international games this week for his nation, Scotland, with the 25-year-old missing the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Cyprus.
The left-back played the full match against Man City but has also been blighted by an ankle injury, and will use this week to rest.
“It’s a big disappointment for me to miss out,” said Robertson.
“I don’t care what game it is, I want to play and my track record in the last five years has shown that.
“But for the last two and a half weeks, I’ve not trained at all for Liverpool. I’ve trained the day before a game, could only play the last 15 minutes against Genk in the Champions League and missed the Arsenal game in the League Cup.
GETTYRobertson says he has been struggling for a number of weeks with an ankle injury
“It’s a niggling injury which won’t go away unless I give it time. My ankle was already injured when a tackle from Rodri on me late in the game against Manchester City on Sunday opened it up again.
“I was already a doubt for Scotland but unfortunately that made it even worse. I don’t want to pick up more injuries and ruin my season because of it.
“The call has been made and it has been taken out of my hands. It hurts as captain to miss out. I know a lot has been said about these two games being meaningless but we don’t believe that.”
Liverpool’s next match is against Crystal Palace on November 23, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the duo recover in time as the Reds look to maintain their grip on top spot in the Premier League.