Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Will He Or Won't He? Egypt Holds Its Breath Over Injured Salah

Will He Or Won't He? Egypt Holds Its Breath Over Injured Salah

Half-time could not come soon enough for Oscar Tabarez's side, with Suarez, in particular, looking unlike himself, but he had another fine chance within a minute of the second half to put Uruguay ahead.

Jose Gimenez proved Uruguay's saviour with a 90th-minute victor against Egypt in Ekaterinburg.

The defeat means that Egypt are still yet to win a World Cup match in five attempts, but they will probably have to take the three points against Russian Federation to stay in with a chance of going through.

He left the Champions League final in tears on May 26 after he was injured during a collision with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

However, Jose Gimenez's late victor secured a 1-0 win for Uruguay and left Egypt needing to win both of their matches if they are to have a chance of progressing.

Friday afternoon's World Cup Group A clash between Egypt and Uruguay might have been very different had Mohamed Salah been fit to play. "But I think he will be OK for the next match".

An unlikely scorer considering Uruguay's lethal strike-force of Luis Suarez and Cavani.

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Suarez, while tussling with Egyptian defenders for the ball, dived asking for a foul which obviously wasn't given by the match referee. Salah's presence or absence will play a huge role in how the Egyptians manage to answer the challenge.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani each passed up opportunities to clinch the points against a Pharaohs side who kept Mohamed Salah on the bench, but it was centre-back Gimenez who proved the hero.

It is hard to overstate Salah's importance to this Egypt side, and his likely availability for next week's pivotal meeting with Russian Federation will make a huge difference.

Egypt is now the third before Saudi Arabia, the fourth.

Salah is one of the biggest names at the World Cup.

Uruguay were guilty of being overly pedestrian and pedestrian with their passing, though, while they were also hampered by a lack of natural width as Nahitan Nandes and Giorgian De Arrascaeta continually drifted infield.

Friday's game was played a day after the end of Ramadan, the holy month that requires Muslims to fast and refrain from drinking or eating from sunrise to sunset.

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