​Liverpool superstar Mo Salah has revealed he has his sights set on a return to action against Uruguay in Egypt's opening match at the World Cup,​ just days after manager Hector Cuper's encouraging assessment.

The winger has been battling to shake off the shoulder injury sustained in the recent Champions League final under a challenge from Sergio Ramos.

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There had been fears initially that Salah might have missed the entire tournament in Russia, but the 25-year-old has been progressing well.

The Pharaohs are in action on Friday against Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani's Uruguay - one day after the tournament's curtain raiser involving hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia on the Thursday.

Speaking to Marca, as quoted by the ​Express, Salah said: "Now I'm better. I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches.

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"When I fell to the ground, I had a mixture of physical pain and a lot of worry. Also anger and sadness for not being able to continue playing the Champions League final.

"Moments later, I also thought about the possibility of not playing in the World Cup and that was a devastating thought."

Salah also insisted that Egypt are not there simply to enjoy themselves and to take part, but to make a real go of the tournament and try to go as far as possible.​