Mohamed Salah will be fit to feature in the World Cup group stages, the Egyptian Football Association has confirmed.
There were fears the Liverpool forward wouldn’t be playing any part in the Mundial this summer after sustaining a shoulder injury in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday night following a hefty challenge from Sergio Ramos.
But the EFA president, Hani Abu Reda, the national team coach Hector Cuper and doctor Mohamed Abou El-Ela met Salah on Wednesday in Valencia, where the 25-year-old is undergoing treatment and rehabilitation, and confirmed he may yet play a part in the tournament.
A post on the federation’s Facebook page read: “The delegation of the national team was briefed on the recovery programme for the player, who is walking well and aims to join the squad in the World Cup, as well as the determination of the great player to catch up with his team-mates. For his part, Mohamed Abou El-Ela said that the period of absence of Salah due to injury will not exceed three weeks.”
Egypt, returning to the World Cup after 28 years, will play their opening match on 15 June against Uruguay, with their second against the hosts Russia coming four days later.
In the event Salah doesn’t make it in time for either of those games, he could still appear in Egypt’s final group match against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.
The nature of his injury sparked global outrage, with over 500,000 fans calling for Ramos to be penalised.
It’s however unlikely that Fifa would take punitive measures against the Real Madrid captain.