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Egypt News: Salah to remain with national team

3 months ago

In the latest Egypt news, the nation’s FA president Hany Abo Rida has denied reports suggesting Mohamed Salah will leave the camp before their final 2018 World Cup game.

Egypt’s 3-1 defeat to hosts Russia confirmed their early exit from the tournament, having also lost their opener 1-0 to Uruguay, and all that is left is a dead-rubber against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Liverpool forward Salah failed to feature in the first game of the tournament due to fears over his fitness after he picked up a serious shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old, who scored 32 Premier League goals last season, played the entire 90 minutes against Russia but could only score a consolation from the penalty spot, as his side were eliminated with a game to spare.

Following the recent loss, several reports suggested the forward had fallen out with a number of his team-mates and speculation was mounting he would be allowed to leave the camp early.

However, Rida insists Salah will be available for selection for the final Group A clash against the Saudis on Monday.

“I have no idea about Liverpool,” the EFA boss told reporters. “But we have our captain Mohamed Salah and under the rules, FIFA requires him to be inside his camp and requires him to stay with his team.

“He is happy to mingle with his team-mates and he was shocked by what the press has written about him and denied it all on social media. We’re all perplexed by what has been published and have no idea where it came from.”

Egypt are 5/6 favourites with William Hill to pick up the win on Monday. The draw is priced at 12/5 while Saudi Arabia are 17/5 outsiders.

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