Egypt coach, Cuper provides final update on Mohamed Salah ahead Uruguay clash

Elena Summers
June 15, 2018

Salah carries the burden of being Liverpool's main goal threat and Egypt's star player too.

Egypt are appearing in their first World Cup since Italy in 1990‚ a staggering statistic when you think how they dominated African football at both club and country level in-between‚ especially in the early part of this century.

Following their match against Uruguay, Egypt face hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

Egypt's head coach Hector Cuper has revealed that his side's talisman will be fit to take on Luis Suarez's Uruguay.

Salah was outstanding as he helped propel Liverpool to the Champions League final. Quickly the pose was rearranged and a momento grabbed for posterity, with Salah proving a willing contributor.

The 25-year-old has been sidelined with a shoulder injury which he picked up in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid three weeks back.

He's got the right mindset for this World Cup, and I do believe he's meeting all my expectations.

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Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera has expressed hope that Salah will play against the South Americans, saying he wants to play against the best at football's showpiece tournament.

Former Egypt worldwide Mido, however, said he expects Salah to play in the opening match in Yekaterinburg.

"But anyway we have a good team, well-organised and hopefully if Salah is not there to start the game hopefully the boys will do well".

Cuper was even willing to entertain a question from a reporter about Salah's prospects of emerging as the top scorer at the tournament.

The Liverpool man has been steadily working his way back to full fitness, with Cuper telling reporters on Thursday he "can nearly 100 percent say he [Salah] will play".

Salah is regarded as a contender for the Ballon d'Or for his spectacular debut season at Anfield, alongside Argentina's Lionel Messi, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar of Brazil.

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