Mohamed Salah will be ‘ready to play against Russia’ if called upon, according to Egypt team manager Ihab Leheta but judging by the pictures that emerged from Saturday’s training session, he still looks to be having trouble with his left shoulder.
Salah appeared to need help from team-mates putting on a bib and was also snapped pointing to the shoulder he injured during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26.
The Pharaohs’ talisman was left on the bench during the 1-0 defeat by Uruguay in Ekaterinburg on Friday as he continues to recover from the injury sustained after a tumbling over after a challenge by Sergio Ramos.
Head coach Hector Cuper said after the Uruguay loss that Egypt had ‘wanted to avoid any risks’ in their opening Group A match.
He added that Liverpool forward Salah was expected to be available against the hosts in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
Salah – who scored 44 goals in all competitions for the Reds last season – joined the rest of the Egypt squad during a training session at the Ahmed Arena in Grozny on Saturday evening.
As posted by the official FIFA Egypt Twitter account @FIFAWorldCupEGY, team manager Leheta provided a positive update on the 26-year-old.
Leheta said: ‘Salah participated in training with his team-mates for the entire session and he is ready to play against Russia according to technical staff.
‘Salah did not ask to play against Uruguay. Russia’s game is fateful and difficult because of our defeat against Uruguay. Winning is our only choice.’
Egypt, competing in a first World Cup since 1990, also expected to have midfielder Tarek Hamed available following a back problem.
Cuper’s squad are set to travel to Saint Petersburg on Sunday morning.
Egypt will train at Krestovsky Stadium on Monday evening ahead of Tuesday’s match against Russia, who opened the tournament with a 5-0 trashing of Saudi Arabia in Moscow.