Salah ‘al­most 100%’ cer­tain to play Egypt’s open­ing match

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Sport -

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.

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