Salah confident of playing Egypt opener in Russia 2018

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Mohammed Salah has expressed confidence that he will be fit enough to play a part in Egypt’s Russia 2018 opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg next Friday according to reports from Marca.

The 25-year-old suffered a shoulder injury during the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid but still expects to play in Egypt’s first game.

“Now I’m feeling better,” Salah told the Spanish daily. “I’m hopeful of being able to play in our first game, but this will depend on how I feel when the day comes around.”

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It can be recalled that Ramos insisted that Salah could have continued playing in the UCL final in Kiev if he had taken a pain-killing injection. However, Salah who was the scorer of the penalty that secured Egypt a place in Russia 2018 laughed off Ramos’ comments whilst insisting that the Pharaohs are not in Egypt to make up the numbers.

“We’ve got a great team and a great coach. We want to get into the next round and do things well there,” he added.

“We’re strong as a group, we all have the same objective, which is to win and that’s the most important thing. We don’t just have one strong point, but the main thing is we play together as a group.”

“The pressure was to qualify for the World Cup. Of course, you can then say ‘right, we’ve got there, that’s that’, but for me it’s not like that. We want to make history and achieve something different.

“It’s not a simple case of going, playing three games and thank you very much. That’s not going through my head.”

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