Salah ‘almost 100%’ certain to play Egypt’s opening match
EGYPT coach Hector Cuper says that star striker Mohamed Salah has recovered from his shoulder injury and will almost certainly play in their World Cup opener against Uruguay today.
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, but I can almost assure you 100% that he’ll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch,” Cuper said yesterday. Salah, who sustained the injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, is crucial to Egypt’s hopes of making it out of a weaklooking Group A also featuring hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Egypt play Uruguay, tipped by some to be dark horses, in just the second game of the tournament, following Russia against Saudi Arabia in the opening match yesterday. 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 picking up an injury.