Liverpool are faced with a major concern over the fitness of Mohamed Salah, ahead of their game at Crystal Palace after the international break, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The forward has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks, believed to have been caused by Hamza Chowdhury when the Reds took on Leicester City last month.

That caused the Liverpool star to miss the match against Manchester United, the only outing the Merseyside outfit have dropped points in throughout their Premier League campaign so far.

Although he has never really recovered from it, Salah has been featuring regularly for the Reds, but he appeared to be hampered slightly, and was substituted with five minutes to go in the match with Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

The Egyptian is the leading scorer for Liverpool this term, so any football that he misses for them will be a problem, and although there is the better part of a fortnight before they travel to Selhurst Park, already the race is on for him to be fit enough to make the journey.

Salah left the Reds earlier in the week to attempt to take on international duty with Egypt, but after having a scan out in Africa, it was soon decided that he would miss their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers and return to Merseyside.

Liverpool have a number of options to utilise in forward areas, but they have some big matches coming up, not just domestically but in the Champions League, and next month they will embark on a World Club Cup mission too.

The Reds are sure to use their squad over a hectic period in their season, but they will want their talisman to be fit and firing as quickly as possible, as they attempt to compete strongly in five different competitions in the next couple of months.

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