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FIFA World Cup 2018: Egypt coach Hector Cuper says Mohamed Salah will 100 percent play in team's opening game

Yekaterinburg: Egypt coach Hector Cuper said that star striker Mohamed Salah has recovered from his shoulder injury and will almost certainly play against Uruguay in the sides' World Cup opener on Friday.

"We still have to see how training goes today, but I can almost assure you 100 percent that he'll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch," Cuper announced on Thursday.

The 62-year-old Argentine added, "Salah is very good and he's recovered very quickly."

Egypt's Mohamed Salah celebrates after his side clinched World Cup qualification. AP

Egypt's Mohamed Salah celebrates after his side clinched World Cup qualification. AP

Salah, who sustained the injury in Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on 26 May, is one of the biggest names at the World Cup and crucial to the north African side's hopes of making it out of a weak-looking Group A also featuring the hosts and Saudi Arabia.

Egypt play Uruguay, tipped by some to be dark horses, in Yekaterinburg in just the second game of the tournament, following Russia against Saudi Arabia in the opening match later Thursday.

Salah was one of the outstanding players in the world this season as he helped propel Liverpool to the Champions League final.

Salah, who turns 26 on the day of the game, gave 100 million frantic Egyptians a massive boost on Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base.

His World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the Champions League final in tears after Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground nearly three weeks ago.

Updated Date: Jun 14, 2018 19:08 PM

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