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What has to happen for Mo Salah to miss AFCON 2021?

Much like Euro 2020 taking taking place in 2021, AFCON is scheduled for early 2022.

The competition takes place in January and February and will see players from clubs far and wide travel to represent their countries.

Many fans will not be looking forward to this.

For Premier League clubs’ supporters, seeing their players jet off for an international tournament mid-season is far from ideal.

In the case of Liverpool, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are both in line for this.

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Mane has already qualified with Senegal for the competition, whilst Salah is on the brink.

However, Salah could still be set to stay at Anfield and miss the tournament.

For that to happen there would need to be a real shock in qualifying, but it’s possible.

What has to happen for Mo Salah to miss AFCON 2021

What has to happen for Mo Salah to miss AFCON 2021

In next month’s AFCON qualifiers, Egypt take on Angola and Gabon in their final matches.

Going into those games, Egypt have a four-point cushion over their closest rivals Libya.

Should the Pharaohs fail to pick up a win from those clashes and Libya win their games vs the same opposition then they’ll qualify instead.

Realistically, this will take a miracle fir Salah to miss the competition.

With Liverpool poised to be in a title fight this season, though, the fans won’t want to see him travel.

The player himself will likely be desperate to get to the international competition.

Salah has an incredible record for Egypt.

In his 71 games for his nation he has 43 goals, including six goals in 12 games at major tournaments (Transfermarkt).

In the 2017 competition it was Salah who scored in the 1-1 draw with Burkina Faso in the semi-finals as Egypt made the final.

The 29-year-old will want to go one better this time around, and qualifying is the first step even if many Liverpool fans don’t want him to go.

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