Salah nearly certain to play against Uruguay

Salah nearly certain to play against Uruguay

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez endured a frustrating World Cup opener against a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt.

They were within touching distance of recording their first World Cup point in 28 years before Jose Gimenez's late header clinched victory for Uruguay.

"In good times, everything goes into the back of the net while at other times the goal seems smaller". "I'm very proud of the team and the attitude they played with throughout the match".

Uruguay will face Saudi Arabia in their second Group A game on Wednesday while Egypt face a decisive game against hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday night in which Salah will hope to feature.

Salah injured his left shoulder in the Champions League final last month, putting his World Cup in doubt. Salah was the Premier League's player of the season after scoring a league-leading 32 goals, with 44 in all competitions.

"We wanted to avoid risks in this match, but I think he will be fine for the next game".

An unlikely scorer considering Uruguay's lethal strike-force of Luis Suarez and Cavani.

He said: "Sometimes we change our plans depending on the nature of the game, but we have achieved a lot and will not change the way we play". "I can nearly assure you 100 per cent he'll play".

Fears that Russian Federation may become just the second host nation to fail to qualify from the group stages have been quashed for now, but their next opponents Egypt were given a huge boost by the return to fitness of Mohamed Salah ahead of their clash with Uruguay on Friday.

"We still have to see how training goes today [Thursday], but I can nearly assure you 100 percent that he'll play", Cuper said.




"Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch today the outcome would have been different but we can't know that".

With its traditional defensive tactics preferred by Cuper, Egypt badly needs Salah and his goals to succeed.

The Egyptians will start with Marwan Mohsen, who plays for domestic side Al Ahly, as the lone out-and-out striker.

Anything but a win against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday would be a surprise.

Uruguay up the ante in the closing stage of the game and drew a foul from the tiring Egyptian defenders around the 35 yard.

Egypt, a no-frills side who play on the counterattack under the wily Cuper, face hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday and the Saudis on June 25 in their last group game.

We look at the three key things learned following day one of the 2018 World Cup. Tabarez called it "secondary statistics". Uruguay is an outside contender for World Cup champion and will want to make a statement here. That was followed by appearances in 2010 and 2014. "In the history of football we have broken a spell (winning the opening game)", he added. "We've broken the spell".

Salah was forced to leave the stadium teary-eyed after the first 30 minutes of the game. Cuper didn't use it as an excuse.

The Barcelona frontman scuffed a shot into the side netting in the opening period, before delaying his shot for too long after being played through by Edinson Cavani in the second half.

However, far from his usual role as the aggressor on the field, Ramos had to act as a peacemaker on Thursday as Spain tried to move on from a dramatic few days that have rocked their World Cup preparations.

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