Mohamed Salah will be '100%' for Egypt's second group fixture at the World Cup, when the Pharaohs take on Russia on June 19, according to the EFA president. However the Liverpool forward is expected to sit out the opener against Uruguay.
Salah's availability for the group stages of the World Cup has been enveloped in uncertainty as conflicting reports have emerged over the exact timeline of recovery. However EFA President Hany Abo Rida is apparently confident Salah will make it to Russia, as reported by Dean Jones on Twitter.
🚨 Salah update! 🚨— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) May 30, 2018
EFA President Hany Abo Rida says he is likely to miss Egypt's opener against Uruguay—but will be 100% for Russia game
Egypt's opener against Uruguay is scheduled for June 15, and according to Egyptian outlet FilGoal, Salah requires three weeks to fully recover from his shoulder ligament injury - which ensures he is on a race against time.
@FilGoal Exclusive – @mosalah needs 3 weeks to completely heal from his shoulder injury, might play against Uruguay and sources close to him are "100% confident" he will play against Russia.https://t.co/f9HRe6iehA pic.twitter.com/eYhlFkS5Pn— FilGoal (@FilGoal) May 29, 2018
Pon told Marca, via Reuters: “He is sad about what happened but is totally focused on recovery, seeing when he can be ready.
It was a very tough night, but I'm a fighter. Despite the odds, I'm confident that I'll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need. pic.twitter.com/HTfKF4S70e— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 27, 2018
“In principle it will be between three and four weeks but we will try to reduce those dates, that’s the big goal."