Mohamed Salah is set to feature for Egypt in their opening World Cup group match against Uruguay. The 25-year-old suffered a serious shoulder injury during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month. This provoked fears that Salah – who scored a staggering 45 goals across the 2017-18 campaign – would miss the World Cup in Russia.
But he has made significant progress in his injury rehabilitation and Egypt coach Hector Cuper expects him to be fit for the Group A fixture against Uruguay on Friday. ‘I can almost 100 per cent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute,’ Cuper said. ‘We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the options to play or not. I know Salah very well, he’s not fearful.
‘We always know we’re running a risk when playing a match, that’s something we can’t hide. ‘But if he does decide to play he’ll have full guarantees on his physical condition and I’m sure he will be fine. ‘And if it does turn out there’s an issue at the last minute we’ll consider it and see if it can be resolved.’
Salah enjoyed a quite remarkable season at Liverpool following his move from Serie A outfit Roma last summer. The former Chelsea player won the Golden Boot award and was named the PFA Player of the Year for his performances at Anfield. After facing Uruguay at the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg, Egypt take on hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia as they bid to reach the knockout stages in their first World Cup appearance since 1990.