Iran’s Esteki named Liga Zim­brilor’s best hand­ball player – again

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Iran’s Sa­jad Esteki was named best player of Ro­ma­nia’s 2017-18 hand­ball league called Liga Zim­brilor for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year.

He is cur­rently play­ing for Di­mano Bu­curesti that has re­cently man­aged to win the league ti­tle for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son, re­ported.

Esteki was se­lected Liga Zim­brilor’s best player by the Ro­ma­nian Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion.

He, who has re­cently signed a contract with an­other Ro­ma­nian club along with his brother Al­lah Karam Esteki, is still not quite sure about his next sea­son’s team, as Di­mano Bu­curesti’s fans are in­sist­ing that the two sib­lings should not leave the club. Mo­hamed Salah gave Egypt’s World Cup hopes a huge boost Wed­nes­day when he joined a squad train­ing ses­sion at the team’s Grozny base.

The Pharaohs’ su­per­star was side­lined af­ter suf­fer­ing a shoul­der in­jury in Liver­pool’s Cham­pi­ons League ¿nal loss to Real Madrid on May 26, cast­ing doubt on his World Cup par­tic­i­pa­tion, AFP re­ported.

He took part in his ¿rst train­ing ses­sion since the in­jury, go­ing through a range of warmup ex­er­cises with his team­mates.

Team doc­tor Mo­hamed Abou al-ela said Salah “par­tic­i­pated in part of the train­ing with the team and completed the other part alone”.

Team di­rec­tor Ihab Lahita was cagey about his progress, say­ing there was no guar­an­tee Salah will play in Egypt’s Group A opener against Uruguay on Fri­day.

“There’s a good de­gree of progress but no de¿ni­tive de­ci­sion on whether he takes part, as we are fol­low­ing his case day by day,” he told re­porters.

Salah’s World Cup dream was left on the brink when he ex­ited the Cham­pi­ons League ¿nal in tears af­ter Ser­gio Ramos wres­tled him to the ground.

But such has been his form for Liver­pool, with 44 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son that he was in­cluded in the Egypt squad sim­ply on the of­fchance he could play.

On May 30, Egypt of¿cials said Salah would be out for “not more” than three weeks, which would rule him out of the Uruguay match but put him in the frame for Rus­sia on June 19 and Saudi Ara­bia on June 25.

Egypt’s doc­tor said over the week­end that Salah would not play “un­less he has to­tally re­cov­ered”.

The player sat out Egypt’s ¿rst train­ing ses­sion af­ter ar­riv­ing in Rus­sia but was op­ti­mistic about his prospects.

“I’m ex­cited. God will­ing I’m well-pre­pared and things are go­ing well and my morale is high,” he told AFP on Sun­day.

Uruguay goal­keeper Fer­nando Muslera has ex­pressed hope that Salah will play against the South Amer­i­cans, say­ing he wants to play against the best at foot­ball’s show­piece tour­na­ment.

“I like the best play­ers to play, I train with the best and I want the best play­ers to play,” he said.

Salah is re­garded as a con­tender for the Ballon d’or, along­side Ar­gentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Neymar of Brazil.


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