Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Mo Salah provides boost for Egyptians ahead of their World Cup opener

Mo Salah provides boost for Egyptians ahead of their World Cup opener

This is a positive turn of events for Salah and his fans, as the Liverpool forward had been battling to get back in form after the tussle with Sergio Ramos cast doubt on his ability to participate in the World Cup, where he would be a pivotal player on the Egyptian team.

"Maybe he could start on the bench, but a final decision has not been made yet", the Pharaohs' team doctor, Mohamed Abouelela, told AP on Monday.

While Salah has talked up his hopes of starting against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg, Ehab Lehita, the Egyptian FA's managing director, said: "We're keeping an eye on the situation day by day".

Salah jogged for about 30 minutes in a training session as his teammates worked on the same pitch in Grozny for the match in Ekaterinburg.

Egypt is playing in its first World Cup since 1990.

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"He is doing [physiotherapy] sessions on his shoulder and working out in the gym", Leheita said.

However, Salah did some light running in Grozny on Monday, monitored by medical staff, as the other Egypt players took part in a group warm-up.

"I can not say what we're going to reach, but the players' ambitions are high and I hope we get a good result". "All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match", Lehita concluded.

Egypt, who are in Group A along with hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay, faced the South Americans Uruguay on Friday, June 15, before taking on Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.

Should he feature against Uruguay, current darling of Anfield Salah will go up against a former Kop hero in the form of Luis Suarez.

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