Egypt has confirmed that Mohamed Salah will be fit to play in the World Cup – although he might not be fit in time for the start of the competition.
Salah injured his shoulder during Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on Saturday, leading many to fear the worst about his chances of playing in the World Cup.
But after Egypt’s national team doctor met with Salah, the country’s football association said on Wednesday the striker’s absence “will not exceed” three weeks.
Egypt’s opening World Cup fixture is against Uruguay on 15 June in a little over two weeks’ time.
Salah also met with Egyptian FA president Hany Abu Rida in Spain on Wednesday.
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The Egyptian FA tweeted afterwards: “After the meeting of Abu Rida and the doctor of the national team in Spain today, the Football Association reaffirms Salah in the World Cup, God willing, will not exceed the absence of three weeks.”
Egypt’s second fixture is against Russia on 19 June and they conclude their group against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.
If the three-week timetable is accurate, it would mean Salah would just be ready in time for the match against the World Cup hosts.
Before his goalscoring heroics for Liverpool this season, Salah had already made himself a national hero after scoring a 95th-minute penalty in Egypt’s final qualification game to send them to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.