Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah is set to miss his country’s opening match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. President of the Egypt Football Association, Hany Abou-Rida, has said in a radio interview.
“Mohamed Salah will be out for between two to three weeks because of his shoulder ligaments injury,” according to DRN Radio station via Kingfut.com
Salah suffered a setback to his world cup dreams when he picked up a shoulder injury, after a clash with Spain’s Sergio Ramos, in the final of the UEFA Champions League final against eventual winners, Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old feared his world cup dreams were over but further tests revealed he could still feature for his country in their first appearance at the Mundial in almost three decades.
Abou-Rida confirmed that the former AS Roma winger would be out for at least three weeks and as a result, is a major doubt for their opening encounter against South American side, Uruguay.
“His participation against Uruguay is difficult, but we are trying to make him fit for the World Cup opener,” the President added. “He will be out of training for a while to undergo a rehabilitation program,” he added.”
In a related development, Liverpool physio, Ruben Rons has also confirmed how long Salah will be out form, adding that the forward is “focused on recovering” on time to play in Russia.
“In principle, it will be between three to four weeks but we will try to reduces those dates, that’s the big goal,” he said.
Egypt play their first game on June 15, which means that Salah could still play a decisive role for them if he makes a quick recovery.
Salah, who scored five goals for his country during the world cup qualifiers, was instrumental to the Reds’ run to the CL final, scoring ten goals in the process.
He was also inspirational for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the English Premier League, where he netted 32goals to emerge the league’s top scorer.
Egypt are in group A alongside hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Uruguay. They will kick off their group stage games on June 15