Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Salah remains doubtful for WCup opener

Salah remains doubtful for WCup opener

Salah must still come through a final training session before the Group A clash in Yekaterinburg but "definitely has no fear of playing", his coach said.

"He could become the top goal-scorer here and one of the greatest players".

Salah is now facing a fitness battle ahead of Egypt's 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday, and revealed he has a chance to feature in the game.

Salah nearly single-handedly led Egypt to its spot in the 32-team World Cup field.

"Salah is doing very well indeed, he's recovered very quickly".

The Liverpool man has been steadily working his way back to full fitness, with Cuper telling reporters on Thursday he "can nearly 100 percent say he [Salah] will play".

"We cried with him", said Samy Mikhail, an Egyptian Australian from Sydney who predicted that Egypt without Salah would suffer the same fate as Liverpool against Real.

"But if he does decide to play he'll have full guarantees on his physical condition and I'm sure he will be fine". "And I am here for the team and we are going to be very loud in the stadium on Friday".

"He's important but if he's not fit in time we will be ready with another player. If we do see at the last minute there's an issue, we'll see if it can be resolved".

Former Egypt worldwide Mido hopes Mohamed Salah can get back to full fitness for the nation's World Cup campaign.

"Senegal has a very good team and the draw in the group stages has been kind to them", Paintsil adds.

Kuipers took part in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and also officiated at Euro 2016.

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

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