Mohamed Salah included in Egypt's 23-man squad for World Cup

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Mohamed Salah is going to the World Cup.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt’s 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in Russia.

Salah had been a doubt for the tournament after injuring his shoulder during last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

But after undergoing treatment he has been selected for his country’s Group A campaign where they will face hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

The 25-year-old will not meet up with his team-mates until the weekend while he continues his recovery.

The news was announced via a post on the Egyptian national team’s official Twitter feed.

Salah left the pitch in tears during the first half of the Champions League final on May 26 after suffering shoulder damage when he fell and landed awkwardly following a tussle with Madrid captain Sergio
Ramos.

However, he has now been included in the Egypt squad, even though he is currently expected to miss their opening game against Uruguay on June 15.

Egypt play Russia on June 19 and conclude their campaign against Saudi Arabia on June 25.

Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, held his nerve to net a penalty deep into injury time in the final qualification game to send Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990.

Hector Cuper’s team drew 0-0 against Colombia in Italy on Friday without Salah, who will also miss Egypt’s final friendly with Belgium on Wednesday.

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Mohamed Salah gives Egypt fans a boost with positive injury update ahead of World Cup

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Egypt fans were given encouragement by a Mohamed Salah social media post on Sunday.

The Liverpool forward tweeted out an update regarding his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury ahead of Egypt’s World Cup campaign.

Salah damaged his left shoulder during the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month when he was brought down by a challenge from Sergio Ramos

Fears that he may not return to action in time for the World Cup were rife.

However, Salah’s social media post seems to provide a positive update as he is pictured using a resistance band in a shoulder exercise with the caption: ‘Good feelings.’

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Egypt boss Hector Cuper is confident that his superstar Mohamed Salah will be on the plane to Russia – but admits his side have been forced to plan for life without him.

Egyptian fans have hung on every word emanating from Salah’s camp since he damaged his shoulder ligaments after being roughed up by Sergio Ramos in Liverpool‘s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last Saturday.

It was easy to fear the worst when an emotional Salah left Kiev with his arm in a a sling, but the 25-year-old is expected to be back at some point during Egypt’s group matches – if not their opener against Uruguay.

Without him, Egypt toiled up front in a 0-0 draw with fellow World Cup entrants Colombia in Italy on Friday night.

And Cuper conceded his side is not the same beast without their Egyptian King, although expressed his confidence that Salah’s injury comeback is on track.

“We are optimistic, and every medical report says he will make it,” said Cuper, whose side faces Belgium in their final warm-up game on Wednesday. “But we still have to prepare for any situation that could happen before we start.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper.

“Salah is not easy to replace, no doubt about that. He is a weapon for us, especially on counter-attack, making use of his speed and his quality. That’s why today we struggled in our attacking performance.”

Cuper also believes his side will only get better upon the conclusion of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

“We tried to compensate that with some team playing, but as I said in the second half we lacked stamina because we have a special condition … for religious reasons, players don’t drink nor eat anything, and we actually felt that,” added the Argentine.

“We tried to manage it using the whole team so it could try to respond better. We sprinted very well, because it was not easy to recover the ball.”

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