Mohamed Salah attends training ahead of Egypt's must-win Russia clash

Sport360 staff 17/06/2018

While Mohamed Salah might be available to be play against Russia in their second group stage fixture of World Cup 2018, according to Egypt team manager Ihab Leheta, the images emerging from training show there is still room for improvement.

The 26-year old suffered a shoulder injury during Liverpool‘s Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26 and has been out of action ever since.

Salah started on the bench in Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena, as José Giménez scored the winner against the Pharaohs.

During training on Saturday though, Salah was helped by his team-mates when trying to wear his bib, while also pointing to his left shoulder in one of the images.

The positive news however, was that the forward did take part in a full training session along with the team at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny.

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Salah spoke to journalists pitchside on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah has revealed his “everything is fine” with his fitness ahead of the World Cup.

The Egyptian star, who injured his shoulder during the Champions League final against Real Madrid, is almost up to full speed as the Pharaohs fine tune their preparations at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny.

Egypt face hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay in Group A.

Watch Salah speak to journalists in the video below.

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Mohamed Salah has revealed he has not buried the hatchet with Sergio Ramos following their tangle in the Champions League final which forced the Liverpool man off injured.

Ramos came in for criticism following Real Madrid‘s 3-1 win in Kiev last month as he was involved in a challenge with Reds talisman Salah that left the Egypt international in tears as he departed with an injured shoulder.

Spain captain Ramos was accused by some critics of deliberately causing the injury and was later involved in an incident with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius whose two mistakes then allowed Madrid to lift a third-straight European title.

While Ramos was largely vilified for his role, he defended his actions and said he had sent a message of support to Salah – whose place in the World Cup came under threat from the injury.

But Salah, who also said it was “funny” for Ramos to claim he was the man fouled when the pair clashed, told Spanish newspaper Marca he had not told the Madrid man that all was fine between them.

“He sent me a message, but I never told him it was ‘OK’,” he said, quoted on Marca’s website.

Mohamed Salah leaves the field in tears in Kiev.

Mohamed Salah leaves the field in tears in Kiev.

“My comment is that it’s always OK when the one who made you cry first, then makes you laugh. Maybe he could also tell me if I’m going to be ready for the World Cup?”

Salah has been in imperious form since his move to Anfield last season – breaking the record for Premier League goals in a 38-game campaign as he hit an impressive 32.

He will be regarded as key to any hopes Egypt have of springing a surprise at the World Cup in Russia but, after the Champions League final injury he described a career low point, Salah remains uncertain if he will play in the opening Group A clash with Uruguay.

He added: “I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches.”

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