Mohamed Salah will play for Egypt against Uruguay on Friday, the national team’s boss has confirmed.
The Liverpool forward was forced off in the first half of the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May due to a shoulder injury and there were fears he would miss the entire World Cup.
However, speaking during his pre-match press conference, Hector Cuper said he expects his star man, who turns 26 on Friday, to be fit for their first Group A fixture at the Ekaterinburg Arena.
“I can almost 100 per cent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute,” Cuper said.
“We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the options to play or not. I know Salah very well, he’s not fearful. We always know we’re running a risk when playing a match, that’s something we can’t hide.
“But if he does decide to play he’ll have full guarantees on his physical condition and I’m sure he will be fine. And if it does turn out there’s an issue at the last minute we’ll consider it and see if it can be resolved.”
Salah was one of European football’s stand out players last season, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and scooping the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.