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Big relief for Liverpool as Salah avoids serious ankle injury may likely feature in Man-United clash

Mohamed Salah has avoided serious injury following Liverpool’s victory over Leicester City on Saturday.

The Egypt international was forced off after a challenge from Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury in the closing stages of the Reds’ 2-1 win at Anfield.

Salah left the ground limping, while manager Jurgen Klopp condemned Choudhury’s tackle as “dangerous as hell” while urging the England Under-21 man to calm down.

Fortunately for Liverpool, initial scans show no significant injury beyond a twisted left ankle, with no ligament damage or fracture.

Salah will continue to be monitored closely at Melwood this week, but Liverpool sources have told Goal that he could yet feature in the Reds’ next game, away at Manchester United on October 20.

His recovery will be aided by the fact that he has already been excused from international duty with Egypt, having been given permission to miss his country’s friendly fixture against Botswana.

Liverpool’s non-international players will be given time off this week, though all will follow specifically-tailored programmes during the international break. Salah, naturally, will be watched closely by the club’s medical staff.

After the international break, Klopp hopes to have pretty much a full squad to choose from, with Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri set to return following calf injuries.

Alisson was close to featuring against Leicester, but staff decided there was no need to risk the Brazilian, who has not played since suffering a torn muscle against Norwich in early August.

Shaqiri, meanwhile, has made only a couple of substitute appearances and suffered a problem in training last month. The Switzerland man, though, should return to action in the next week, as should Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was left out of the squad to face Leicester after being hit on the head in training on Friday.

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