Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos has wished Mohamed Salah a quick recovery from the shoulder injury that forced him out of the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
Contesting for the ball in the first half, Ramos and Salah locked arms and crashed to the floor. The weight of the Spaniard’s body and the awkward angle at which he landed caused what Jurgen Klopp described as ‘a really serious injury’.
As European football’s standout star for the season, critics were quick to accuse the defender of purposely causing Salah’s injury, but Ramos has done his best to dispel those rumours by sending a ‘get well soon’ message to his opponent.
Writing on Twitter, Ramos said: ‘Sometimes football shows you its good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fellow pros. Get well soon Mo Salah.’
The Egypt international is now a significant doubt for the World Cup, which would not only almost certainly end his country’s hopes of making a big impact in Russia but finish his own chances of winning the Ballon d’Or for 2018.
Egypt have a good chance of making out of Group A if Salah is at his best. They face Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and hosts Russia, playing their first game on June 15 against the South American side in Yekaterinburg.
Any significant ligament damage around the shoulder could mean that surgery is required and leave Salah with no chance of appearing at the tournament. But the player himself has already declared hope that he will make it.