Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny is self-isolating in Cairo, Egypt after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 28-year-old midfielder tested positive on Monday afternoon after landing in Togo with his team-mates ahead of the country’s AFCON qualifier.
Elneny is asymptomatic but he will now need to self-isolate for at least a fortnight and won’t be able to play again until he returns a negative result.
That would rule Mohamed out of at least the next three games, beginning with Sunday’s away match at Elland Park against Leeds and followed by clashes against Molde and Wolves.
He has had a surprise renaissance this campaign, becoming a senior team regular again under manager Mikel Arteta after a spell away on loan.
The news was confirmed first by his representative on Twitter on Monday evening. ‘Elneny positive Cov19 get well soon,’ tweeted Alan Nazmy.
The Egyptian Football Association then followed up to confirm the positive result and that Mohamed will now self-isolate under Covid-19 protocols.
In the meantime, former Arsenal forward Emmanuel Adebayor claims that he told Thomas Partey to choose the Gunners over their Premier League rivals in the summer.
The ex-Atletico Madrid star was in high demand in the summer with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United interested in his services.
However, Partey ultimately moved to the Emirates after Mikel Arteta’s side activated his €50m release clause. Speaking on his role in Thomas picking Arsenal, Adebayor said:
“He [Thomas Partey] told me that some clubs in England, namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and others have shown interest in him and he needs advice.
I” advised him to go to Arsenal because I have had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.”