Egypt's Cuper may live to regret Salah omission


Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in yesterday's game after an 89th minute goal from Jose Gimenez, however, El-Shenawy worked his arse off in the game, making him a truly worthy recipient of the title of Man of the Match - regardless of whether he chooses to pick up the trophy or not.

Egypt's World Cup hopes and ambitions aside, seeing Salah return to full fitness is brilliant news and means that Jürgen Klopp can rest easy and not worry about his star player.

He returned to training on Saturday but was spotted employing the help of three teammates pulling on his top.

Salah injured his left shoulder in the Champions League final last month, putting his World Cup in doubt.

"He's certainly important, nobody can deny that, but you need a good team too - and we are a good team", said Cuper.

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"It will be a very tough game of course, because we are meeting the hosts in a venue that could witness 60,000 spectators, but the team members are determined to win", he said. "He did not play today because we wanted to avoid risk or danger but I think that he will be fine for the next match", said the coach.

A video clip showed a cake coated in the colors of the Egyptian and Chechnya flags sitting on a table in the team's hotel lobby in the Chechen capital of Grozny, the Pharaohs' base.

He began smiling meekly and suspecting something was not right when a hotel employee shot confetti in his face. Topped with a golden boot, the towering structure was topped with layers of candles that surely added up to more than 26.

Salah did not oblige while smiling shyly and profusely.

However, he is likely to start Egypt's vital clash against Russian Federation on Tuesday, with his agent saying on Twitter that the 25-year-old was fit to play.