Mohamed Salah will return to Liverpool for treatment on the muscle issue he sustained at the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt.

Salah will attend Egypt’s final group game match against Cape Verde on Monday before flying to Liverpool, Egypt confirmed on Sunday.

Egypt also said they hope to have Salah back for the AFCON semi-finals and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had earlier said if the 31-year-old regained fitness he would return to national duty.

Salah picked up an injury in Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana on Thursday and Egypt announced they expected him to miss two games but after discussions with Liverpool have decided to allow him to travel home.

The severity of Salah’s injury remains unclear.

Speaking after Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth, Klopp said: “However long he’s out, probably everybody sees it like this, it makes sense that he’s doing the rehab with us or with our people. If that’s written in stone already, I don’t know.

“I spoke with him directly after, the night when it happened. Since then he’s in contact with our doctor. I think he will be back.”

Asked if Salah would go back to the tournament should his country reach the knockout stages, Klopp said: “I would say if Egypt qualifies for the final, if he’s fit before the final, then probably yes.

“Why not? That’s clear. It’s the tournament.

“Ivory Coast I’m sure is a wonderful country but we have no people from us there and their people have to take care of the people who are playing, so let’s see.”

Salah spoke to reporters earlier on Sunday but did not offer more on his injury.

“My injury is still there but the most important thing now is to speak about the game,” he told a press conference ahead of the Cape Verde game.

“Our primary goal is to secure qualification for the next round, with skilled players, a good coach and a clear vision.

“We’re fully committed to giving our best in the tournament and we just need to fight and see what will happen,” he added of the game with Cape Verde, who despite being the smallest country at the finals have already secured top place in the group.

Salah also spoke about the fact he has yet to win a trophy with Egypt, having twice been a runner-up at the Cup of Nations.

“I have won everything possible but not this one yet. It will happen somehow, that is what I believe, and whatever I believe I achieve, so sooner or later it will happen.

“Everybody knows what it means to any player to win an Africa Cup. We were unlucky at the last one and also in Gabon. The players are very motivated to win the tournament. We all want to win it.”