In the latest Egypt news, Mohamed Salah has been declared fit to face Russia in their second World Cup group game on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old picked up a shoulder injury as Liverpool went down 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final and his participation in the Russian showpiece was touch-and-go.
It always seemed likely the would miss their opener and he was on the bench as Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay on Thursday.
That defeat means the Russia clash has taken on even more importance, with the Egyptian Football Association stating: “He was fit to play against Uruguay but the coach did not want to take the risk.”
A Russia victory coupled with Uruguay beating Saudi Arabia would send the Pharaohs crashing out of the tournament with one group game still to play.
They will hope the man who scored 44 goals for the Reds last season will not only start, but have a positive influence on proceedings.
Whether he would have made a difference against the South Americans is open to debate but, after the game, Egypt coach Hector Cuper said: “Mo Salah is an extremely important player for us, nobody can deny that, but you need to have a good team, and we have a good team.
“Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch the outcome would have been different, but we can’t know that. Certainly he has contributed a great amount to the team and will contribute in future matches.”
There was some more good news for Egypt, who are 13/5 to win the match with Sky Bet, after 32-year-old midfielder Tarek Hamed was also cleared to face the hosts after leaving the pitch against Uruguay with a back injury.