6th June, 2018
If one is to go by the words of the Egyptian Head Coach Hector Cuper, then it is very likely that we will be watching Mohamed Salah play for the National Team at the 2018 World Cup Competition kicking off in Russia a few days from now.
It will be recalled that Mohamed Salah dislocated his shoulder in the first half of the Champions League final while playing for F.C. Liverpool after a challenge by Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
That injury has fueled fears that Salah will not be fit to play at the World Cup but the Egyptian Football Federation previously said it did not expect the 25-year-old to be out for more than three weeks and therefore included him in their final 23-man squad.
“Salah is in a stage of recovery not just for treatment on his shoulder,” Cuper said. “We need to improve his demeanour and his fitness level because the injury has prevented him from training as a normal player.
“But we have very good news from our doctor, we hope he will be with us before Uruguay (who Egypt face in their opening match on June 15). We are optimists and we are waiting for him.”
He added: “We hope we won’t be affected, we try to be the same team, we can’t be dependent on one player.
“He’s important but if he’s not fit in time we will be ready with another player.
“This is football, these things can happen to any player. We could need to substitute him, but we hope that won’t be the case.”
A post on the Federation’s Facebook page said it was being kept aware of Salah’s recovery, as well as the “determination of the great player to catch up with his team-mates”.
In his latest update on social media on Sunday, Salah posted a tweet of what appeared to be a strength and conditioning session, with the caption: “Good feelings…”