In the latest Egypt news, Mohamed Salah still has a chance of playing at this summer’s World Cup, according to his side’s medical team.
Salah was forced off in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid with a suspected shoulder injury.
Conflicting reports have said he has either dislocated it, which would almost certainly mean he would miss out on a place in the Pharaoh’s World Cup squad, or he has strained the ligaments, in which case it would be a race against time to get him fit for action.
Egypt, who can be backed at 11/2 with William Hill to win their opening game against Uruguay, will be desperately hoping that the 25-year-old attacker can recover in time.
Salah has scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions this season and is seen as the key to his country’s chances of progress at their first World Cup since 1990.
After a nervous wait, a statement on Sunday on the Egyptian national team’s official Twitter account suggested Salah should be fit in time for their first game against the Uruguayans on June 15.
It read: “Update: Dr. Mohamed Abou El-Ela, the doctor of the team, said the Liverpool medical team informed him after the X-ray … that the player was injured in the ligaments of the shoulder joint. According to this diagnosis he is optimistic Salah will be part of the national team in the World Cup.”
Salah was brought down by Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, landing awkwardly on his shoulder.
After trying to continue, he eventually left the field in tears but Sunday’s news suggests the signs look good for boss Hector Cuper that his star man will be ready for Russia.