In the latest Egypt news, head coach Hector Cuper has rejected claims his side are a one-man team and insisted they have more to offer than just Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool star Salah is his country’s talisman and was being tipped to be one of the standout performers in Russia this summer before he suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on May 26.
The 25-year-old missed training on Tuesday as he continues to recover but he did join his countrymen on Wednesday as they were put through their paces ahead of the Group A opener against Uruguay and there remains hope he will be ready for Friday’s clash in Yekaterinburg.
However, Cuper has said people need to remember Egypt are more than just Salah and his squad as a whole deserve more respect.
“We’re not Mohamed Salah’s national team, this team has many players who cooperate with each other to reach the best results,” he told Kingfut.
“Egypt is lucky that this generation has one of the best players in the world but our tactics don’t solely revolve around him.
“Argentina also has Lionel Messi, can we tell them not to play him? This doesn’t happen.
“I understand that the fans sometimes prefer things to be done in a different way and like when Salah performs well, a goalkeeper or a defender can save us from a dangerous opportunity and there is a midfielder that can run a lot for the benefit of the team.”
Cuper knows if Salah performs to his best then Egypt could be a side to be reckoned with in the tournament but he insists it’s vital he strikes the right balance on the pitch.
He added: “The most important thing is that the team finds a good balance in its performance.”
Egypt are hopeful of making it out of Group A and are 6/1 to kick off their campaign with a win over Uruguay with Paddy Power before they then face hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia