Mohamed Salah‘s involvement in the UEFA Champions League final lasted less than 30 minutes as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in his absence.
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Salah (Liverpool’s leading goalscorer with 44 goals in all competitions this season) landed heavily on his left shoulder after a challenge with Sergio Ramos.
The Egyptian forward tried to get up but couldn’t shake off the injury and was in tears as he walked off the pitch in the European final.
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Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp issued the following update on Salah’s “very serious” injury when asked if his participation in the 2018 World Cup is in doubt.
“Yes, it is,” Klopp confirmed to BT Sport. “Unbelievable. It is something with the shoulder, obviously. You can imagine if he would have played on if anything was possible. I didn’t see him so I’m not sure. Maybe he is in the hospital at the moment getting x-ray. It doesn’t look good.”
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Early reports state that Salah suffered a dislocated shoulder in the challenge, which will mean he is in a race against time to be at the World Cup in a few weeks.
However the Egyptian national team have since sent out a more positive update on Salah’s condition.
Ramos has received plenty of criticism as to his role in Salah’s injury as the Spanish defender made sure Liverpool’s main man hit the floor hard and locked his right arm in during the duel.
All of the focus will now be on Salah to see if he can be fit enough to play for Egypt at the World Cup this summer.
Salah is the main man for the Pharaohs, as he helped them qualify for their first World Cup since 1990.