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Egypt News: Salah targets World Cup opener

8 months ago

In the latest Egypt news, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is confident he will be fit in time for his country’s opening World Cup fixture against Uruguay.

Salah sustained a shoulder injury during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid and his club manager Jurgen Klopp suggested immediately after the game the forward could miss the World Cup.

The 25-year-old has been included in the Pharaohs’ 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia but he is still rated as a major doubt ahead of their opener against Uruguay.

Salah has now stated he expects to be fit enough to take to the field against the South Americans in Group A, but he says he may not make a decision until the day of the game itself on June 15.

“Now I’m feeling better,” Salah told Spanish publication Marca. “I’m hopeful of being able to play in our first game, but this will depend on how I feel when the day comes around.”

Egypt are 13/8 to qualify from Group A with bet365, having also been drawn alongside Saudi Arabia and the host nation, and Salah says his side are not heading to Russia simply to make up the numbers.

He added: “The pressure was to qualify for the World Cup. Of course, you can then say ‘right, we’ve got there, that’s that’, but for me it’s not like that. We want to make history and achieve something different.

“It’s not a simple case of going, playing three games and thank you very much. That’s not going through my head.”