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We Don't Want To 'Risk' Salah, Says Egypt Coach After Uruguay Loss

17 June 2018
We Don't Want To 'Risk' Salah, Says Egypt Coach After Uruguay Loss

WORLD CUP- Mohamed Salah is expected to return from his shoulder injury for Egypt's World Cup clash against hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday after he sat out the 1-0 opening defeat to Uruguay.

The Pharaohs of Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening group game at the Ekeratinburg Arena on Friday but the Argentine coach expects his talisman to be back ahead of their next game against hosts Russian Federation.

A fearless defensive performance wasn't enough for Salah's Egypt to hold onto a point in their first World Cup fixture, but the Liverpool man will be hopeful that he can lead his side to two victories in their final two group stage fixtures.

The brief celebration took place upon the team's arrival back in their Grozny hotel after their flight from Yekaterinburg, where they played Uruguay.

Cuper went onto tip the forward to lead the seven-time African champions to replicate his club form, which saw him net a staggering 44 goals this season.

"It is a shame he was injured during the Champions League".

Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy had produced two fine saves to stop Luis Suarez and another from Edinson Cavani before he was beaten by Gimenez, but he was still optimistic of their chances in the group.

In the build up to this game, Cuper said he was "100 per cent" confident the Liverpool star would be fit to feature, though he didn't specify whether it would be from the start or off the bench. "Yesterday we were quite certain during that training session he would play". Salah played no part in the match and watched on from the bench, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury he picked up in late May.

Today's game will see the 71-year-old take charge of the famously tournament-tough South American side at his fourth World Cup finals, the first being back in 1990.

Cavani and Suarez didn't receive the support they needed and at times dropped back to midfield as playmakers, not a role for a duo that has combined for 93 global goals.

The script seemed set for Mohamed Salah to make the World Cup debut of a lifetime.

"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.

Aside from Liverpool ace Salah failing to get off the bench with his shoulder injury, another major talking point was also off the pitch - large portions of empty seats in one main stand at the Yekaterinburg Arena were an embarrassing sight for Federation Internationale de Football Association and local organisers.