Egypt star Salah still a doubt for World Cup opener against Uruguay

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Salah's Egypt arrive in Russia, ahead of opener against Uruguay
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13 June, 2018

His use of Salah, who is Muslim, was perceived as a public relations move.

FIFA's approval of Grozny, the Chechen capital, as Egypt's training base came under scrutiny back in February.

Mohamed Salah looks to be on course to make his return for Egypt in time for the beginning of the World Cup. The Pharaohs had a tough run in the preparatory World Cup matches, tying with Kuwait and Colombia and losing to Greece, Belgium and Portugal.

Despite Salah's incredible season, his campaign on a sour note when he was forced off with injury in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month in Kiev.

Salah jogged for about 30 minutes on Monday as his teammates trained on the same pitch in Grozny for the match in Ekaterinburg.

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'He is doing (physiotherapy) sessions on his shoulder and working out in the gym, ' squad executive director Eihab Leheita said.

"Even if Salah is at his best, it is going to be hard for Egypt to get out of this group, in their first World Cup since 1990. However, I can not confirm today that he will play in the first match", Lehita said of the 25-year-old, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season.

However, Salah did some light running in Grozny on Monday, monitored by medical staff, as the other Egypt players took part in a group warm-up. 'We hope he will be with us for the Uruguay match'. At the end, he is our son, ' Leheita said.

However, his World Cup dreams were almost crushed after the Egyptian suffered a shoulder injury in that very final, following what many believe was dirty play by Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos.


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