Egypt manager gives positive injury update on Mo Salah ahead of the World Cup
Egypt manager Hector Cuper has confirmed that he expects Mohamed Salah to be fit for the World Cup finals, as he continues to recover from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.
The Liverpool attacking star saw his hopes of leading Egypt in the World Cup cast into doubt after a clash with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in Kiev, yet Cuper spoke of his confidence of having Salah in his team for Russia 2018 after a 0-0 draw against Colombia on Friday.
"We are optimistic, and every medical report says he will make it, but we still have to prepare for any situation that could happen before we start," he said.
Cuper suggested Salah’s absence was the primary reason for his side’s failure to score in their latest World Cup warm-up game, as he suggested the PFA Player of the Year is central to his side’s hopes this summer as he admitted the feast of Ramadan had affected his players against Colombia.
"Salah is not easy to replace, no doubt about that," he added. "He is a weapon for us, especially on counter-attack, making use of his speed and his quality.
"That’s why today we struggled in our attacking performance. We tried to compensate that with some team playing, but as I said in the second half we lacked stamina because we have a special condition. For religious reasons, players don’t drink nor eat anything, and we actually felt that.
"We tried to manage it using the whole team so it could try to respond better. We sprinted very well because it was not easy to recover the ball."
Egypt start their World Cup campaign against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg on June 15th.