New hope for Mo Salah’s World Cup dream as Egypt team doctor says he is “optimistic”

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah reacts after sustaining an injury. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
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Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (R) falls with Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos leading to Salah being injured during the UEFA Champions League final football match on May 26, 2018. (AFP / GENYA SAVILOV)
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Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, right, walks away after a collision with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, left, during the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah receives medical attention after sustaining an injury while Liverpool's Jordan Henderson looks on. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
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Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (3rd R) is comforted by team members and Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd L) as he leaves the pitch after injury during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. (AFP / Sergei Supinsky)
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Liverpool's Sadio Mane consoles teammate Mohamed Salah as he is substituted off due to injury. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)
Updated 27 May 2018

New hope for Mo Salah’s World Cup dream as Egypt team doctor says he is “optimistic”

  • Egyptian national team doctor says he is optimistic Salah might still be able to play in the World Cup

DUBAI: Egyptian superstar footballer Mo Salah’s World Cup dreams could be revived according to the national team’s doctor, who said he was optimistic the star could still play after he was hurt during the Champions League final on Saturday.

“Through follow ups on the phone with the national team’s delegation in Italy... the officials at Liverpool said an X-ray on Salah’s shoulder” showed the injury to be in the ligaments, the Egyptian Football Association said on Twitter on Saturday.

Salah suffered a dislocated shoulder when he was brought crashing to the floor by Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos.

The Egyptian star continued to play for four minutes, but was eventually forced to quit the match in tears.

Liverpool went on to lose 3-1 in the match.

Egyptian football journalist Marwan Ahmed told the BBC: “Honestly, I think it’s a nightmare. There are no words to describe it. There was a minute of silence after we’d seen Salah go down and then when he went down the second time, we knew it wasn’t good and that he would leave the pitch.

“No Egyptian wanted to see that happen, we’ve never had an Egyptian in the Champions League final. It’s really sad – I can’t find the exact words to describe it. Some people were in tears.”

However the national team’s doctor, Mohamed Abou Al-Ela “expressed his optimism that Salah would make it for the World Cup matches according to this diagnosis,” the association said.

The Egyptian FA’s optimism contrasts with statements by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who said immediately after the game on Saturday Salah’s injury was “serious.”

The Egyptian Minister Youth and Sports Khaled Abd Elaziz also expressed optimism.

“Mohamed Salah, God willing, will be on the national team’s final list for the World Cup, which is to be announced on June 4,” Abd Elaziz said on Facebook.

Sadness and anger filled cafes where Salah's fans gathered to follow the Champions League final, as they watched as the star was forced to leave the match barely half an hour into the game.

Salah had cemented his status as a national hero by leading Egypt to their first World Cup qualification in 28 years.

The team's coach, Argentinean Hector Cuper, said a month before the World Cup kick off that The Pharaohs were banking on Salah in Russia.

Egypt’s first World Cup finals match is against Uruguay on June 15, and they play Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on June 25.

The world's eyes are on Mohamed Salah as hopeful Egypt take on Russia

Updated 19 June 2018

The world's eyes are on Mohamed Salah as hopeful Egypt take on Russia

  • Egypt are counting on the return of Mohamed Salah on Tuesday as they face Russia
  • The Liverpool wizard missed his team’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday

SAINT PETERSBURG: Egypt are counting on the return of Mohamed Salah on Tuesday as they try to salvage their World Cup against a Russian side who know a win could seal a place in the last 16.
Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained during last month’s Champions League Final.
Salah’s shoulder has continued to cause him problems in Russia, and at the weekend he needed the help of three team-mates to put a shirt on during a training session in Grozny.
Egypt’s Argentine coach Hector Cuper said on Monday Salah was fit to play but will undergo a test before kick-off in Saint Petersburg.
“I hope he will be fit to play, I’m sure he will be able to play. He is a central piece in our team,” Cuper said.
If Egypt lose, it will likely end their competitive involvement in their first World Cup since 1990, so 96 million Egyptians are willing him to be on the pitch.
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov was bullish that his team can rein in the explosive striker, who scored 44 goals in a remarkable debut season at Liverpool.
“We know how to play against him,” he said. “We are ready to stop Salah and we will.”
Russia got their World Cup off to the perfect start on Thursday with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia, but are under no illusions that the seven-time African champions pose a far tougher test — providing Salah plays.
“Egypt’s game with Salah is different from the one they play without him,” forward Alexei Miranchuk said.