Hector Cuper, manager of the Egyptian national team, has this afternoon revealed that he is extremely confident in Mohamed Salah’s chances of lining out versus Uruguay in the Pharaohs’ opening World Cup fixture tomorrow afternoon, as the fleet-footed winger continues his recovery from the injury he picked up during last month’s Champions League final.
Liverpool went head to head with reigning European champions Real Madrid in Kiev on the 26th of May, with proceedings having taken a sour turn for Jurgen Klopp’s men with just half an hour gone, when a challenge between Sergio Ramos and Mo Salah left the latter in agony and subsequently forced off with a shoulder injury.
Karim Benzema then went on to open the night’s scoring shortly after half-time, albeit in incredibly fortunate circumstances, as Loris Karius inexplicably attempted to throw the ball across his box, only for Benzema to get a toe on the ball and divert his effort home.
Liverpool did manage to pull a goal back a short time later, when Sadio Mane reacted quickest to Dejan Lovren’s header from a corner to prod home in front of Keylor Navas, but this was as good as things were to get for the Merseysiders.
After substitute Gareth Bale turned the game on its head with a stunning overhead kick from the edge of the box, the Welshman then went on to become the first player to ever score a brace off the bench in a Champions League final.
However, Bale’s second came courtesy of another shocking blunder from Karius, who failed to deal with the former Tottenham man’s relatively-straightforward long-range strike 7 minutes from time.
In truth, though it was Karius who took the blame for Liverpool’s defeat, the Reds never quite looked the same following Salah’s injury, with the attacking impetus and, frankly, confidence of Jurgen Klopp’s men having seemingly been sapped away by the exit of their talisman.
In the aftermath of the clash, it was soon revealed that Salah had suffered a dislocated shoulder, with many outlets having immediately responded to the news by claiming that the Egyptian was set to miss this summer’s World Cup.
However, other outlets refuted this claim, with Salah himself having since posted several positive messages on social media, one of which revealed that he was ‘confident’ in his chances of lining out for his country in Russia.
‘Almost 100 per cent’
And, as per the latest update courtesy of Egypt manager Hector Cuper this afternoon, Salah is now a near-certainty to be included in the Pharaohs starting XI for their World Cup opener versus Uruguay tomorrow afternoon:
‘I can almost 100 percent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute,’ Cuper told reporters at a press conference.
‘We’re trying to make him feel confident. 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.’
‘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.’
Click here for more World Cup betting tips