Liverpool have been stunned ahead of their game with Nottingham Forest as Mohamed Salah hobbled out of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton.
The Egyptian forward scored from the spot to wrap up three important points for Liverpool but was later withdrawn by Jurgen Klopp.
Now, it’s uncertain whether the 29-goal star will be fit to face Arsenal on Wednesday; or Forest next Sunday.
Naturally, that will be music to the ears of Forest supporters, with many fans dreaming of a semi-final date at Wembley.
Forest thrashed Reading 4-0 at the City Ground on Saturday. Steve Cooper’s team face QPR on Wednesday but then attention turns to Liverpool.
The Reds have done brilliantly to reach the quarter-final. Arsenal, Leicester and Huddersfield have all been dispatched en route to the last eight.
Klopp has now issued a message on Salah following Saturday’s win and it doesn’t sound good for the talisman.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “We will see. He thinks it’s not too serious but you can see when Mo Salah is sitting down then something is not quite right. We have to see.”
Forest have their own injury concerns. Both Max Lowe and Steve Cook left the action looking in pain on Saturday and an anxious wait of their own is on the cards.
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The Liverpool squad is one of the very best in the world and if Salah doesn’t play a suitable replacement will get the nod.
In the goal machine, however, Klopp has arguably the world’s best player at his disposal and not seeing him on the team-sheet would be ideal for Forest.
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The Reds will fancy their chances. Having already seen off Arsenal and Leicester confidence will be high and another scalp will be in their thoughts.
It will now be very interesting to see whether Salah lines up against Arsenal on Wednesday night.