Egypt coach ‘very optimistic’ Salah will play opener

Mohamed Salah Egypt 2018

Egypt fans pin hopes on injured Salah

"If Salah plays, we will just have to control his many strengths", the 71-year-old coach said.

"That is a very inopportune question", Godin responded, evidently irritated by the implication that Uruguay might attempt to inflict the sort of injury on Egypt's talisman that had materialised from the Ramos clash. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who recovered from injury, wasn't included in the starting lineup, with Amr Warda starting instead of him.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper said in his prematch news conference on Thursday that he could "almost 100 percent say [Salah] will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute".

The same article states that FC Barcelona could be forced to turn to Salah if the La Liga champions are unable to bring Griezmann to Camp Nou in the summer transfer window.

"If he does decide to play he will have full guarantee (about his condition) and I am sure that he will be fine".

"I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play", he said.

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Whether he plays or not, there is no doubting the commitment of the Egypt fans who have travelled from around the world to Yekaterinburg, 1,760 km (1,100 miles) east of Moscow.

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

Their group also includes Saudi Arabia and host Russian Federation.

Egypt's crucial performer has been battling against time to be fit for the Group A encounter since hurting ligaments in an awkward fall in the early stages of last month's Champions League final.

"But I think they cannot score many goals against good teams, so I don't think they can afford to concede many either".

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