Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah reignited hope amongst Egypt fans yesterday, when he featured in a training session with his fellow international teammates. The 25-year-old enjoyed an immensely successful season in 2017/18; however, huge doubts were cast over his fitness, when he picked up a shoulder injury during last month’s Champions League final.
Mohamed Salah’s fitness has been one of the key stories in the run up to Russia 2018. When Liverpool fans were forced to watch Salah exit the Champions League final in tears last month, few could believe what they were seeing. Salah had scored 44 goals in 52 appearances prior to the final, and following a tussle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, it suddenly appeared that Liverpool’s European dream had come to an abrupt end.
While upsetting for Liverpool fans, Salah’s unexpected injury became a source of huge anxiety for Egypt, who were forced to face the prospect of kicking off their World Cup campaign without their talismanic forward. The 25-year-old has now given manager Hector Cuper a timely boost ahead of Egypt’s opener against Uruguay on Friday, by participating in a number of warm-up exercises with his teammates, during a mid-week training session at Egypt’s camp in Chechnya.
“There’s a good degree of progress but no definitive decision on whether he takes part, as we are following his case day by day.” said Egypt team director Ehab Leheta.
Whether Salah will be fit enough to feature in the starting XI against Uruguay remains to be seen, but Egypt’s medical staff are hopeful of his involvement at some point over the next fortnight.
“We’re keeping an eye on the situation day by day. Leheta said on Monday.
“We have been following the case since his injury in the final of Champions League. Mohamed trained in Cairo, trained yesterday and is training today. We are watching the situation closely with the doctor.
“He has daily treatment sessions on his shoulder. He trains indoors as well in the gym, and today he trained on the pitch.
“He is gradually getting better. However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match. All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match.”