Let us be honest, for most of us Africans, the 2018 Fifa World Cup officially starts today with hopefully Mo Salah’s Egypt versus Uruguay.
Will Mohamed Salah Play Today?
This has been the most important question being asked by many since the Liverpool F.C vs Real Madrid Champions league clash back a few weeks ago.
Salah sustained the arm injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26.
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has said that star player Mohamed Salah has recovered from his shoulder injury and is certain to play in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opening game against Uruguay on today.
Salah’s return from injury is a massive boost for Egypt and African’s alike and for the tournament in Russia because it means one of the hottest players on the planet at the moment will be in action.
“We still have to see how training goes today [Thursday 14 June 2018], but I can almost assure you 100 percent that he’ll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch,” Cuper said.
The media the past few days quoted the Egyptian coach saying that Mo Salah was ‘almost 100%’ certain to play in Egypt opener’
Of course he would say something positive so as to boost team morale because Egypt do not play the same without their star player.
Let is just hope he won’t play with an injury just as Lebron James did a few days ago when the Cavaliers suffered an NBA finals whitewash at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.
The 62-year-old Argentine Cuper added: “Salah is very good and he’s recovered very quickly.”
Egypt’s World Cup Chances?
Egypt, tipped a dark horse in the tournament will play Uruguay in the second game of the World Cup tournament following Russia’s 5 – 0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia in yesterdays opening match.
Salah was one of the outstanding players in the world this season as he helped propel Liverpool to the Champions League final while breaking Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez’s goal scoring records.
But his World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the Champions League final three weeks ago in tears after Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.
Salah, who turns 26 on the day of the game, gave 100 million frantic Egyptians a huge lift on Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base.
And Cuper hinted on Thursday that it was the player who had the final decision whether to play.
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