With one day remaining until the World Cup begins, Mohamed Salah is facing a race against time as he fights to be fit for Egypt’s opener against Uruguay on Friday. Salah injured his shoulder in the Champions League Final on May 26th and has been undergoing treatment so he could feature in the opener.
Ehab Lehita, Egypt’s managing director told reporters:
“We’re keeping an eye on the situation day by day. We have been following the case since his injury in the final of Champions League. Mohamed trained in Cairo, trained yesterday and is training today. We are watching the situation closely with the doctor. He has daily treatment sessions on his shoulder. He trains indoors as well in the gym, and today he trained on the pitch. He is gradually getting better. However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match. All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match.”
Salah was also the recipient of praise from Cristiano Ronaldo:
“I hope his injury in the final in Kiev doesn’t keep him out. Many people talk about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi battle but there are other players who have chances to enter the race (for Ballon d’Or). The Egyptian is one of them.”
Marko Grujic has spoken about his childhood dream being fulfilled after he was chosen to represent Serbia in the World Cup:
“We qualified for a major tournament for the first time in eight years so it was a big achievement for us. When I was a kid, every young player was dreaming about playing in the World Cup with the national team. So after we qualified, I was determined to fight and do whatever I needed to do to give myself a chance to be in that squad.”
Following the collapse of Nail Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool, the reds have been forced to look at other options as they look to replace Coutinho.
One name that is being looked at is Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss international has a release clause in his contract which is thought to be in the region of £12m. Any deal for Shaqiri would happen after the World Cup.
Reports in Brazil have stated that Liverpool have made a bid of €65m for Roma keeper Alisson. However, it’s understood that Real Madrid will be his first choice despite Jurgen Klopp assuring him he would be guaranteed to start.