Salah responds to Ramos' comments about Champions League injury

Doug Mendoza
June 10, 2018

Egypt star Mohamed Salah's availability for their World Cup opener against Uruguay is "uncertain" despite joining his team's training session Saturday.

Salah has been picked in the Egypt squad despite suffering from a shoulder injury picked up in Liverpool's 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid that many fans feared would keep him out of the global football showpiece.

Salah is hopeful that he will be ready to face Uruguay on June 15 for the start of Egypt's "special" World Cup campaign.

"Now I'm better", Salah told Marca, "I hope to play the first game against Uruguay".

Salah conceded that qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years is an achievement in itself for Egypt.

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First-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard set Belgium on their way to a 3-0 win against Egypt in a pre-World Cup friendly at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Wednesday.

The scale of Salah's involvement has been uncertain since he left the pitch in tears in Kiev in two weeks ago, a moment he described as the worst of his career. "I think we are quite the same - it is 50-50 - England have a lot of good players, we also have good players so we will see". He is expected to return to action during the group stage in Russian Federation after suffering the injury during Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

Their final Group A match will be against Saudi Arabia on 25 June. And it was something we all said: "wow, we have to do it, we have to do it". "That was a devastating thought".

"Tactically. He's helped me to defend better, but he also finds a way to make it easier to attack". He left the pitch in tears and it was initially feared he would be ruled out of the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer altogether with a dislocated shoulder. "We want to get into the next round and do things well there", he added. Of course, someone can now say "ok, we've qualified, that's it". In my head the pressure is to achieve something different from what we have done.

"It's not a simple case of going, playing three games and thank you very much".

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