Egypt gamble on Mohamed Salah’s fitness

Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah

Manager: Hector Cuper - A vastly experienced (and much traveled) Argentine coach who has benefited greatly from the group of talent Egypt had coming through all at the same time with Salah, Ahmed Hegazi and Mohamed Elneny leading the way.

Salah arrived for rehabilitation in Valencia on Sunday, the day after he injured his shoulder after being wrestled to the ground by Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final Real Madrid won 3-1.

On Monday, Salah was named in Egypt's squad despite the shoulder injury - expected to keep him out for three weeks - he suffered during the Champions League final.

A four-week recovery would still leave Salah ready for the knockout stage if Egypt get there.

Cuper explained: 'We are optimistic, and every medical report says he'll make it. "The players responded perfectly to our instructions, but Salah's absence affects any team negatively", Cuper said after the match in Bergamo, Italy.

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"Hopefully he can be fit for the World Cup because I know it means a lot to him to play for his national team", Lovren told reporters.

"Sergio Ramos represents an bad example to future generations of football players", reads the petition description on Change.org. "We could need to substitute him, but we hope that won't be the case".

Salah will not join his worldwide colleagues until June 9, it was announced.

After facing Uruguay, Egypt play hosts Russian Federation on June 19 and conclude their group fixtures against Saudi Arabia six days later. "Salah will be in the World Cup, God willing, and won't be absent for more than three weeks", it said on Twitter without giving further details.

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