Football World Cup: Egypt confident in Mo Salah's availability
Egypt are hopeful that forward Mohamed Salah will have recovered from his shoulder injury in three weeks which would allow him to play in their final group game at the World Cup in Russia.
The 25-year-old suffered a heavy fall in a challenge with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos while playing for Liverpool in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Sunday (NZ time).
He left the field in tears amid serious doubts about his chances of playing for Egypt at their first World Cup since 1990.
But the Egyptian FA was more optimistic after Salah met the national team doctor in Spain.
“The (Egyptian) football association confirms once again … Salah will be in the World Cup, God willing, and won’t be absent for more than three weeks,” it said on Twitter without giving further details.
Egypt’s opening World Cup match takes place on June 15 against Uruguay, with their second against hosts Russia coming four days later.
Should Salah not return in time for either of those games, he could still appear in Egypt’s final group match against Saudi Arabia on June 25.
On Monday, Salah posted a message saying: “It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”
Egypt reached the tournament after Salah scored a 95th-minute penalty to help them beat Congo 2-1 in October.
Earlier on Tuesday, Liverpool physiotherapist Ruben Pons was quoted by the Spanish sports paper Marca as saying that Salah would be out for up to four weeks.
“He is sad about what happened but is totally focused on recovery, seeing when he can be ready,” he said.
“In principle it will be between three and four weeks but we will try to reduce those dates, that’s the big goal,” Pons added.
Salah scored 44 goals in a sensational first season for Liverpool after joining from AS Roma.