Egypt’s Arsenal midfielder Elneny tests positive for COVID-19

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Egypt’s Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has become the latest Premier League player to test positive for COVID-19.

The Egypt national team said in a statement on their website on Monday that Elneny had returned a positive test upon arrival in Togo for Tuesday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier but did not present any symptoms and was isolating.

Elneny, who played in Egypt’s 1-0 home win over Togo on Saturday, is set to be ruled out of Arsenal’s Premier League fixture at Leeds United on Saturday.

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His international team mate Mohamed Salah tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and is unlikely to be available for Liverpool’s trip to Premier League leaders Leicester City.

Egyp are second in Group G on five points from three games, three points behind Comoros, who have played a game more, two ahead of Kenya and four in front of bottom side Togo, who also have a game in hand. The top two teams advance to the finals.

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Earlier on Monday, the Premier League announced that 16 players and staff had tested positive last week, the highest number of cases in a single round this season.

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