Injured Salah still part of Egypt's World Cup squad

Injured Salah still part of Egypt's World Cup squad

Mohamed Salah has been included in Egypt's squad for World Cup 2018 as he seeks to shake off a shoulder injury in time to play some part in the finals.

Salah, the 2018 Best African Footballer, is seen by Egyptians as a national hero who finally secured his country a seat in the world's top football competition after 28 years of absence.

They begin their tournament against Uruguay on June 15 (Salah is a doubt for that match) before facing Russian Federation on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.

Egypt last won against Congo last October in the World Cup qualifiers and since then have drawn with Ghana, been beaten by Portugal and Greece in March, and also drew their last two matches.

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Without him, Egypt toiled up front in a 0-0 draw with fellow World Cup entrants Colombia in Italy on Friday night.

He also missed Egypt's draw with Kuwait on May 25, as he was still preparing for the final, and will also miss their final warm-up against Belgium on Wednesday.

"I am working to win any game we play whatever the ranking of our opponents, so I made a decision to play hard friendlies, most recently with the game against Colombia", he said.

Liverpool and Egypt have indicated Salah's recovery is likely to take around three weeks, leaving the 25-year-old a potential doubt for the June 15 opener against Uruguay.

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