Egypt's Hector Cuper updates on Mohamed Salah injury ahead of Group A fixture with Uruguay
Posted: 6 June 2018 Time: 10:00
Egypt head coach Hector Cuper has given an update of the fitness of attacking talisman Mohamed Salah ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Salah was said to be a major doubt for the tournament after suffering a shoulder injury in the UEFA Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month.
However, Cuper included the Liverpool superstar in his final 23-man squad despite the questions marks surrounding his potential involvement.
Cuper is now hopeful that the 25-year-old can feature in the opening fixture against Uruguay after the Reds man has made steady progress with the Pharoes medical team.
"Salah is in a stage of recovery not just for treatment on his shoulder," Cuper said, as quoted by Sky Sports. "We need to improve his demeanour and his fitness level because the injury has prevented him from training as a normal player.
"But we have very good news from our doctor, we hope he will be with us before Uruguay (who Egypt face in their opening match on June 15). We are optimists and we are waiting for him."
He added: "We hope we won't be affected, we try to be the same team, we can't be dependent on one player.
"He's important but if he's not fit in time we will be ready with another player.
"This is football, these things can happen to any player. We could need to substitute him, but we hope that won't be the case."