'Salah used for political capital' as Chechnya host Egypt training

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

Egyptian fans will be crossing their fingers as medical staff are still unsure about whether or not talisman Mohamed Salah will be able to take to the field against Uruguay in the North African nation's 2018 Fifa World Cup opener.

"We can't push him to play the opening match because we care about his future".

Salah jogged for about 30 minutes on Monday as his teammates trained on the same pitch in Grozny for the match in Ekaterinburg.

'He is doing (physiotherapy) sessions on his shoulder and working out in the gym, ' squad executive director Eihab Leheita said.

Nonetheless, in an interview Egypt's managing director Ehab Lehita admitted that while Salah is making good progress, he can not confirm whether or not he will be fit to play by the time the game kicks off.

"We will not pressure Mohamed".

It's Egypt first World Cup since 1990.

In regards to Russia's coach taunt on the Egyptian national team which was circulated on social media, Leheita said, "The Pharaohs have taken one approach the past three years, which is focusing on their work without responding to side comments".

Diario Gol add that Salah does not forgive Real captain Sergio Ramos for injuring him in the Champions League final last month - and the winger wants revenge.

Since, Salah has been working hard to alleviate the ligament damage sustained and get back to full fitness ahead of the tournament.

Egypt has been placed in Group A of the World Cup, where it is expected to clash against hosts Russia, Uruguay and and Saudi Arabia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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