Pulse.com.gh logo
Go


Football Salah's World Cup fitness uncertain as Egypt arrive in Russia

Egypt's Mohamed Salah arrived in Russia Sunday, with the Pharaohs hopeful the star striker can complete a dramatic injury comeback in time for their opening World Cup match against Uruguay.

  • Published:
Egypt's Mohamed Salah hopes he will be cleared for take off at the World Cup after his Champions League final injury play

Egypt's Mohamed Salah hopes he will be cleared for take off at the World Cup after his Champions League final injury

(Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry/AFP)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Egypt's Mohamed Salah arrived in Russia Sunday, with the Pharaohs hopeful the star striker can complete a dramatic injury comeback in time for their opening World Cup match against Uruguay.

Salah and his teammates touched down in Grozny ahead of Egypt's third appearance at the World Cup, ending a drought stretching back to 1990.

The seven-time African champions play their opening Group A fixture on Friday, June 15, against Uruguay.

"The team is ready for the competition and morale is high," national team manager Ihab Leheta told AFP at the Grozny International Airport.

The Pharaohs have never progressed beyond the group stages and Salah is seen as crucial to their chances of making an impression at the tournament in Russia.

The goal-scoring talisman has been sidelined since exiting Liverpool's 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in tears after injuring his shoulder when Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.

But such has been his form for the English Premiership club -- 44 goals in all competitions for the season -- that he has been included in Egypt's squad even though there is no guarantee he will play.

Team doctor Mohamed Abou al-Ela told ON Sport TV on Saturday night that they would make an assessment on Salah's ability to play early this week.

"We won't be able to tell until after two days," he said, declining to give any more details.

"We will not have him play unless he has totally recovered."

On May 30, Egypt officials said Salah would be out for "not more" than three weeks, which would rule him out of the Uruguay match but put him in the frame for Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.

The player attended Egypt's final training session in Cairo on Saturday night but did not take part, restricting himself to briefly dribbling the ball on the corner of the pitch.

jack/tp/gk/emp/mma/ns/nr

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Number 12 Anas demanded $150K to cancel screening of exposé – Kwesi...bullet
2 #Number12 Anas releases further particulars against Nyantakyibullet
3 Video Contryman Songo is all tears as he returns to Ghana's TV screensbullet
4 Pulse Sports Exclusive Thomas Partey talks about Black Stars...bullet
5 Ghanaian Players Abroad Thomas Partey swerves Shatta Wale to...bullet
6 The Numbers All the vital statistics of the FIFA World Cupbullet
7 International Friendly Thomas Partey's goal saves Ghana's...bullet
8 World Cup 2018 Ronaldo delighted with 'personal best'...bullet
9 World Cup 2018 Player ratings from Belgium vrs Panama gamebullet
10 Number 12 FIFA orders government to include GFA in...bullet

Top Videos

1 Ghost Goal Italian referee shows remorse for disallowing Muntari’s goalbullet
2 Video Sannie Daara received GHC 4,000 bribe in Anas exposébullet
3 Video Watch how Essien and his Chelsea legends suffered 4-1 defeatbullet
4 Back to the Roots Memphis Depay dancing ‘adobe’ in Cape Coastbullet
5 The Real News with Akrobeto goes International, shows on Real...bullet
6 Video Watch the highlights of new Black Stars wonder kidbullet
7 Watch the six-goal thriller between Aduana Stars and Rajabullet
8 Watch how Ghanaian youngster tore Barca's unbeaten run apartbullet
9 Video Watch how Kotoko defeated Dwarfs 2-1bullet
10 Video GFA Exco member Doku caught on camera receiving...bullet

Football