It appears that Mohamed Salah‘s remarkable recovery from injury is complete.
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With Egypt facing Uruguay in their Group A opener on Friday, Salah’s status was unknown until this point as he’d trained on his own and had recovery sessions in Spain after injuring his left shoulder in the UEFA Champions League final on May 26.
He was initially given a 3-4 week timeline to get back to full fitness but the Liverpool star appears set to play for Egypt in their first World Cup game since 1990. Whether that means he will come on as a sub or start the game remains to be seen but Salah has been taking a small part in training sessions in recent days.
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Egypt’s manager Hector Cuper spoke to the media ahead of the game and had the following to say.
“Salah is doing very well indeed, he’s recovered very quickly. We’ll see how it goes today,” Cuper said. “We can say almost 100% he will play, barring any unforeseen factors at the last moment.”
Great news for Egypt. And great news for the World Cup.
Salah is coming off the back of a record-breaking season in the Premier League as he scored 32 goals and led Liverpool to a top four finish as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League final.
His 44 goals in all competitions in his first season at Liverpool took everyone by surprise but he’s now a hero in his homeland and he has rushed back to lead the Pharaohs.