Egypt coach, Hector Cuper has confirmed that forward Mohamed Salah is “almost 100 percent” certain to play in their World Cup opening match against Uruguay on Friday.
The 25 year-old who has been struggling to recover from a shoulder injury he suffered in a battle with Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final in May, a game Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
Addressing reporters at the pre-match conference ,Cuper disclosed that he expects to have Salah available for Egypt opener vs Uruguay in Russia.
“Salah is doing very well indeed, he’s recovered very quickly,” Cuper said. “We’ll see how it goes today. I can almost assure you 100% he will play, barring any unforeseen factors at the last moment.”
“We’re trying to make him feel confident,” Cuper added. “The doctors are giving him the options to play or not. I know Salah very well, he’s not fearful. We always know we’re running a risk when playing a match, that’s something we can’t hide [from].
“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 if it does turn out there’s an issue at the last minute we’ll consider it and see if it can be resolved.”