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Egypt forward Salah misses training with a cold

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• Salah, who scored two goals in three games during the group stage, is one of the biggest names in the tournament and an icon in his homeland. 

• His absence would be a significant blow for the seven-time champions, who have been criticised at home for their performances in the group stage despite winning all three games without conceding a goal.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah reacts during a past match
Egypt's Mohamed Salah reacts during a past match
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Egypt forward Mohamed Salah missed training with a cold yesterday, a day before the Africa Cup of Nations hosts meet South Africa in a round-of-16 tie.

The Egyptian Football Association said in a statement on Twitter that coach Javier Aguirre had ordered Salah not to train ‘so as not to worsen his condition’ without giving further details.

Salah, who scored two goals in three games during the group stage, is one of the biggest names in the tournament and an icon in his homeland.

His absence would be a significant blow for the seven-time champions, who have been criticised at home for their performances in the group stage despite winning all three games without conceding a goal.

Many Egyptians feel that the current team is a shadow of the side which won three successive tournaments between 2006 and 2010.