Uruguay stars want Salah fit for World Cup opener

Egypt fans pin hopes on injured Salah

Salah sustained the injury in clash with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in May 26th, casting a doubt over his hopes of leading the Egyptian challenge at Russian Federation 2018.

However the Egypt boss said no decision would be taken until Thursday's training session as the Pharaohs flew into Yekaterinburg for the start of their World Cup campaign.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper is "optimistic" that Mohamed Salah will play against Uruguay in their Group A opener on Friday.

Great players such as Mohamed Aboutrika‚ Ahmed Hassan‚ Wael Gomaa and Mido never got to taste a World Cup finals‚ but for one of their long-standing veterans‚ goalkeeper Essam El Hadary‚ he will achieve that goal.

Egypt have been drawn in Group A alongside Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russian Federation.

Salah nearly single-handedly led Egypt to its spot in the 32-team World Cup field. I know Salah very well, he's not fearful, we always know we're running a risk when playing a match, that's something we can't hide.

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"We still have to see how training goes today, but I can nearly assure you 100 per cent that he'll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch", Cuper said on Thursday, shortly before leading out his squad for training at Yekaterinburg Arena - with Salah among them. We'll see how it goes today.

"I will be the happiest person in the world", he said.

Time is short so I won't make changes, we have to be realistic.

"He's important but if he's not fit in time we will be ready with another player".

Cuper added that he does not mind his team being described as defensive. One in five (21 percent) Moroccan fans with an opinion believe their side will win, despite sports data firm Gracenote giving them just a one per cent chance of lifting the World Cup.

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