Mohamed Salah has been ruled out for two months after the shoulder injury he sustained during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid and miss Egypt’s World Cup campaign, a Saudi Arabian sports administrator, Turki Al-Sheikh, reports.
Salah was substituted after 30 minutes of Saturday’s final in Kiev, following a hefty challenge from Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
In his post-match interviews, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp expressed fears Salah would miss Russia 2018, but the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) tweeted a statement claiming there was “optimism” the reigning Africa Footballer of the Year would be fit for their Group A opener against Uruguay on June 15 after speaking to Liverpool officials.
Al-Sheikh used social media to give a message of support to Salah before the final but, in a Facebook post on Sunday, he claimed the 25-year-old’s World Cup dream was over – at odds with the EFA’s official line.
“With great sadness, sadly our great Arab star Mohamed Salah was confirmed in his absence [of] two months to injury, which means that he will miss the World Cup,” he said. “We wish him a speedy recovery.
“I think that Liverpool will not allow Salah to take the cortisone because it is dangerous for the player in the long term and will press hard to complete the treatment for two months, which unfortunately means that we will not see the star Mohamed Salah in the World Cup.”
For the reigning Premier League top scorer, it’s a punishing race against time to be fit for the Mundial…