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Liverpool sweat over Mohamed Salah fitness as he pulls out of international duty with Egypt with ankle injury

Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of star man Mohamed Salah for their game against Crystal Palace as the forward pulls out of the Egypt squad with an ankle injury.

The Egyptian continues to be plagued by an ankle knock picked up in last month’s win over Leicester.

The 27-year-old was forced to miss the Premier League leader’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United but has since returned to action in games against Manchester City, Genk and Aston Villa.

However, last season’s joint-golden boot winner was substituted in the 87th minute of Liverpool’s win over City on Sunday after colliding with Fernandinho, with club staff concerned he has further aggravated the knock.

And pictures from Egypt training of Salah in a moon boot suggest the star forward has further aggravated the knock, and he will miss games against Kenya and Comoros.

Salah was keen to join his national team-mates having missed last month’s fixtures and wanted to make his mark on the next round of African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The latest news compiles fitness fears of integral first team players, with left back Andy Robertson pulling out of the Scotland squad with an ankle injury himself.

The 25-year-old was seen leaving Anfield on Sunday with a heavily swollen ankle but insisted on reporting to the national team. The Scottish captain has since pulled out of the squad for games against Cyprus and Kazakhstan.

Both men, who linked up well to score Liverpool’s second of three goals last weekend, are doubtful for the trip to Selhurst Park a week on Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp looks to extend his side’s unbeaten start to the season.

Liverpool lead the Premier League table by eight points ahead of Leicester City, managed by former boss Brendan Rodgers.

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