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

Sherman Parsons
June 15, 2018

Salah was Egypt's top scorer throughout the World Cup qualifiers, notching a total of five goals from six games, also making him the highest scoring player in the entirety of the CAF Third Round of qualifying.

"I want there to be the possibility of this being my World Cup, after having left in the way I did in 2014", he said in a recent radio interview.

The Pharaohs' superstar was sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, casting doubt on his World Cup participation.

Salah had a sensational season under Jurgen Klopp this year, with the Egypt worldwide netting 44 goals in all competitions.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah turned up for Egypt training in Cairo on Saturday ahead of the Pharaohs' departure for the World Cup in Russian Federation but didn't take part, Agence France-Presse (AFP) said.

"However‚ I can not confirm today that he will play in the first match‚" Lehita told reporters. However, I can not confirm today that he will play in the first match.

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Luis Suarez has matured since biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on his last World Cup appearance, says Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez.

"If we see at the last minute that there is an issue then we will see if it can be resolved, but certainly he does not feel afraid".

Whether he plays or not, there is no doubting the commitment of the Egypt fans who have travelled from around the world to Yekaterinburg, 1,760 km (1,100 miles) east of Moscow.

"He's important but if he's not fit in time we will be ready with another player".

"Perhaps we still need to work a bit more on defence".

Following an exhausting 16-hour flight, the team faces another four hours on a plane for the game against Egypt, which will be played in Ekaterinburg.

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