Mohamed Salah injury ‘not serious’, says Egypt assistant coach

The Egyptian ace picked up a knock with just minutes remaining of Egypt's clash against Swaziland. (Reuters)
Updated 13 October 2018
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Mohamed Salah injury ‘not serious’, says Egypt assistant coach

  • Salah scores for first time in four matches as Egypt beat Swaziland 4-1.
  • Egyptian ace's match marred by picking up an injury towards the end of the match.

Hany Ramzy insisted Mohamed Salah’s injury, suffered during Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland, is not serious and that the Liverpool player will be fit soon.
Salah ended his four-game goal drought by finding the back of the net direct from a corner in the African Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo. It
was the side’s fourth in an easy victory, but was overshadowed as the 26-year-old limped off toward the end of the match.
But any fears Egypt and Liverpool fans had were quickly laid to rest the the Pharaohs’ assistant coach.
“It doesn’t look serious. I think it is only a muscle strain but he will undergo medical scans to determine the length of the injury” Ramzy told Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.
It was his fifth goal in his past four matches for the Pharaohs, but while he has been in brilliant form for his country, he has struggled for his club. Before the clash against Swaziland Salah was without a goal for Liverpool since Sept. 22 something of a slump after his 44 goals in a blistering debut season at Anfield last season.
The 26-year-old is expected to sit out a return match for Swaziland on Tuesday and the next up for Liverpool is a Premier League game away at Huddersfield next Saturday. The Reds will certainly be hoping he takes his record-breaking scoring form for Egypt — Salah’s goal was his 13th in African Cup of Nations qualifying, overtaking the previous Egyptian record by Hossam Hassan — back to Britain.


Naomi Osaka shocked as Kristina Mladenovic downs world No. 1 in Dubai

Updated 19 February 2019
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Naomi Osaka shocked as Kristina Mladenovic downs world No. 1 in Dubai

  • It was Osaka's first match since she won the Australian Open — her second consecutive Grand Slam title.
  • World No. 67 Mladenovic lost for words after surprise win.

DUBAI: Naomi Osaka stumbled badly in her first match since winning the Australian Open as the world number one went down in a flurry of errors to exit the Dubai Championships on Tuesday.
Dubai-based Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the third round as Osaka made 25 unforced errors.
The rout, which featured seven breaks of the Osaka serve, took barely an hour, sending Mladenovic into a Wednesday contest with Carla Suarez Navarro.
“This is my home tournament, I live here,” world No. 67 Mladenovic said. “It’s great to get a win like this in front of a big crowd.
“Beating the number one is always special.”
The second set was riddled with seven consecutive breaks of serve before Mladenovic finished off the job with a winner to the empty court on match point.
Osaka stunned the tennis world last week by announcing her split from coach Sascha Bajin despite winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the US and Australian Opens.
She said earlier this week that she would not prioritize “success over happiness” when asked about the sacking, and she never looked like winning in Dubai as she also served five double faults.
Earlier on Tuesday, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova both won their opening matches, while Elina Svitolina made a strong start to her bid for a third straight title.
Kvitova, the 2013 winner, recovered from losing a first-set tiebreak to defeat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4 and squeeze into the third round.
Halep, Dubai champion in 2015, saw off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.
The Romanian said she is still feeling the effects of her weekend final defeat in Doha by Elize Mertens.
“It was a good match because I won it. I tried to finish the points faster because I’m a little bit tired,” Halep said.
“She played well, the level was pretty good. At some points I really ran very well. I’m confident. I feel good on court even if I’m tired.”
A third former world number one also advanced as Angelique Kerber beat Dalila Jakupovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
Kvitova, Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, said she was unfazed about the early midday start to her match.
“I don’t really care if I play the first match,” the Australian Open runner-up said. “Now I’m done, so I have a free afternoon.
“I’m not sure what I’m pleased with... maybe with my comeback at the end.”