Egyptian coach ‘100 percent confident’ Salah will start World Cup
NEWS DIGEST – Head coach of Egypt national team Hector Cuper is ‘100 percent confident’ Mohammed Salah will start the Pharoahs’ World Cup opener against Uruguay on friday.
The Reds forward has been nursing a shoulder problem since the Champions League final, but he is in contention to feature against Uruguay on Friday
Salah’s tears in Kiev suggested that he knew his international dreams were in danger of being dashed, but a positive period of rehabilitation has got him back in contention sooner than expected.
With Egypt resting much of their ambition on the shoulders of a talismanic presence who fired them to a first World Cup in 28 years, they are understandably keen for him to be involved as much as possible.
National team coach Cuper told reporters on the progress being made by his star:
“Salah is doing very well indeed, he’s recovered very quickly. We’ll see how it goes today. I can almost assure you 100 per cent he’ll play.
We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the option to play or not. I know him very well, and I’m sure he’s not afraid.
A risk of playing a match is something we can’t hide. In terms of him on the pitch, he’ll have full guarantees. If we do see at the last minute there’s an issue, we’ll see if it can be resolved.”
Salah has worked tirelessly in an effort to get himself back to match fitness in time for a first World Cup outing in Russia. Some training sessions have seen him working alone with medical and coaching staff, with Cuper adamant that individual exercises away from the group should not be considered a sign that he is lacking competitive edge.
“Salah has three training sessions per day. He does training with the doctors, by himself and with specific exercises. He’s recovered from his injury but he still trains a lot. He has to do physical training and mental training. Why? That’s what he feels he needs to recover.”
If Salah is ready to face Uruguay, then a man who netted 44 times across all competitions for Liverpool during the 2017-18 campaign will be in the strongest possible position to make his mark on the grandest of sporting stages.
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