Egypt Coach Hector Cuper said Mohamed Salah had a “great chance” of playing against Uruguay but no decision would be taken until Thursday’s training session as the Pharoahs flew into Yekaterinburg for the start of their World Cup campaign.
“I am optimistic that he will be with us, I think he has a great chance to participate, he has been training with the ball and his condition has improved compared to the last days,” Cuper said on Facebook.
Salah left the field in tears after sustaining a shoulder ligament injury while playing for Liverpool in last month’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.
Since then, Egypt’s fans have been tortured by the possibility that their first appearance in the World Cup finals for 28 years could be ruined by the loss of their biggest star, who netted 44 goals for Liverpool in his first season.
“We cried with him,” said Samy Mikhail, an Egyptian Australian from Sydney who predicted that Egypt without Salah would suffer the same fate as Liverpool against Real.
Egypt play Uruguay in the opening Group A game on Friday.—Reuters