Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Salah remains doubtful for WCup opener

Salah remains doubtful for WCup opener

Uruguay are their toughest opponent, and they will fancy their chances of advancing from Group A, which also includes Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Football fans around the globe-and indeed supporters of Egypt-are holding their breath, praying Mohamed Salah is fit in time for the Pharaohs' World Cup opener on Friday.

The Liverpool man has been steadily working his way back to full fitness, with Cuper telling reporters on Thursday he "can nearly 100 percent say he [Salah] will play".

Great players such as Mohamed Aboutrika‚ Ahmed Hassan‚ Wael Gomaa and Mido never got to taste a World Cup finals‚ but for one of their long-standing veterans‚ goalkeeper Essam El Hadary‚ he will achieve that goal.

"But now we want him [Salah] in the World Cup".

"We are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch".

Defender Ali Gabr is also expected to be available after having recovered from a facial injury he picked up while training.

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It was initially thought that Salah had suffered a shoulder dislocation but it was discovered that he had only damaged ligaments in and around the joint.

Salah, who turns 26 on the day of the game, gave 100 million frantic Egyptians a massive boost on Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base.

Muslera, who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray, shrugged off travel fatigue being a problem, saying Uruguay had five days to prepare for the game.

A mouthwatering head-to-head awaits the crowd in Yekaterinburg as Suarez faces Mo Salah, with the Uruguayan and Barcelona superstar back in the tournament after being kicked out four years ago for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. "All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match".

"For three years and a few months we've decided on a certain path..."

"I will be the happiest person in the world", he said.

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