Salah remains doubtful for WCup opener

Salah remains doubtful for WCup opener

Mohamed Salah joined the rest of Egypt's World Cup squad for warmup drills Tuesday and dribbled for the first time since injuring his left shoulder in last month's Champions League final.

And though he looked to be out of the World Cup with his injury, picked up when he and Sergio Ramos both fell to ground in a grapple-like coming together, the former Chelsea man is thought possibly fit to start the opening game of Egypt's campaign, and even declared himself as "ready" recently.

Egypt's national team - including star striker Mohamed Salah - is gearing up for its first World Cup in 28 years, but matches are only being broadcast in the country by Qatar-based pay television network beIN.

Egypt are training at the Akhmat-Arena in Chechnya's capital Grozny.

Former Egypt worldwide Mido said he expects Salah to play in the opening match in Yekaterinburg.

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"He is doing [physiotherapy] sessions on his shoulder and working out in the gym", Leheita said.

Team director Ihab Lahita was cagey about Salah's progress, saying there was no guarantee he would play in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday.

"He is gradually getting better. However, I can not confirm today that he will play in the first match", Lehita said of the 25-year-old, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season. "All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match".

If Salah does not make it back in time for Uruguay, his next target will be getting fit for a clash with hosts Russian Federation on June 19, before Egypt round off their group campaign against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd six days later.

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