sport news – Salah hopeful of making World Cup opener for Egypt
MADRID (Reuters) – Liverpool ahead Mohamed Salah is assured he might be match sufficient to participate in Egypt’s World Cup opener towards Uruguay in Yekaterinburg subsequent Friday, Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Saturday.
The 25-year-old went off with a shoulder downside within the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Actual Madrid in final month’s Champions League last however the speedy ahead expects to play some half in Egypt’s first Group A fixture in Russia.
“Now I’m feeling higher,” Salah advised the Spanish day by day. “I’m hopeful of having the ability to play in our first recreation, however this may rely upon how I really feel when the day comes round.”
Salah, who laughed off Actual Madrid defender Sergio Ramos’s declare that he would have been capable of proceed in Kiev had he taken a pain-killing injection, scored the penalty that sealed Egypt’s place at a primary World Cup in 28 years and insists they aren’t in Russia to make up the numbers.
“We’ve obtained an amazing crew and an amazing coach. We wish to get into the following spherical and do issues nicely there,” he added.
“We’re sturdy as a bunch, all of us have the identical goal, which is to win and that’s crucial factor. We don’t simply have one sturdy level, however the principle factor is we play collectively as a bunch.
“The strain was to qualify for the World Cup. After all, you’ll be able to then say ‘proper, we’ve obtained there, that’s that’, however for me it’s not like that. We wish to make historical past and obtain one thing totally different.
“It’s not a easy case of going, enjoying three video games and thanks very a lot. That’s not going via my head.”
Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia are the opposite groups in Egypt’s group.
Reporting by Joseph Cassinelli; Modifying by John O’Brien