– Mohamed Salah is set to start against Uruguay tomorrow
– He sustained a shoulder injury during Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev last month
– However, Egypt head coach Hector Cuper has revealed that Salah will be ready for the game
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has said that star striker Mohamed Salah has recovered from his shoulder injury and will almost certainly play in their World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday.
Salah’s return is a massive boost for Egypt and for the tournament in Russia because it means one of the hottest players on the planet at the moment will be in action.
“We still have to see how training goes today[Thursday], but I can almost assure you 100 percent that he’ll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch,” Cuper said.
The 62-year-old Argentine also said that: “Salah is very good and he’s recovered very quickly.”
Salah sustained the injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26.
Egypt, tipped a dark horse in the tournament will play Uruguay in the second game of the mundial, following Russia against Saudi Arabia in the opening match.
Salah was one of the outstanding players in the world this season as he helped propel Liverpool to the Champions League final.
But his World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the Champions League final three weeks ago in tears after Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.
Salah, who turns 26 on the day of the game, gave 100 million frantic Egyptians a huge lift on Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base.
And Cuper hinted on Thursday that it was the player who had the final decision whether to play.
“Doctors are giving him the option,” said Cuper.
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“If he does decide to play he will have full guarantee (about his condition) and I am sure that he will be fine.
“If we see at the last minute that there is an issue then we will see if it can be resolved, but certainly he does not feel afraid.”
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Cuper has attempted to dismiss the notion that Egypt are a one-man side, but with 44 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, Salah’s badly timed injury had become a national obsession back home and made global headlines.
Salah is regarded as a contender for the Ballon d’Or for his spectacular debut season at Anfield, alongside Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar of Brazil.
Egypt, a no-frills side who play on the counterattack under the wily Cuper, face hosts Russia on Tuesday and the Saudis on June 25 in their last group game.
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