Thursday, July 19, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

World Cup 2018: 'Mo Salah is fit', Egypt coach warns Russia

Egypt need at least a draw against hosts Russia to stay in hunt for a place in the knockout round.

Mo Salah

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has warned Russia that his star striker Mo Salah is fit for the crucial World Cup 2018 match on Tuesday evening.

A shoulder injury kept Salah out of Egypt's opening-game loss to Uruguay while Russia made a dream start to their campaign, thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0.

Egypt must at least draw with the host nation in St Petersburg on Tuesday to keep their World Cup hopes alive and Cuper has placed the emphasis on Salah helping Egypt achieve just that.

"Salah is fit," Cuper told reporters on Monday. "We always carry out a last physical test before we announce our line-up and today we will have an important test for him to see how he does.

"I think he will be able to play. He is an essential piece in our team."

Salah spent last season scything through some of the best defences in Europe, scoring 44 goals for Liverpool in the most prolific campaign of his career.

He has scored 33 goals in 57 appearances for Egypt and was their top scorer in the World Cup qualifiers, sealing their place in Russia with a stoppage-time penalty against Congo that sparked wild celebrations in the football-mad country. 

The scoring fest made Salah an integral part of Egypt's hopes of doing well in the tournament.

Statistically, Egypt is most successful football side in Africa. But Russia 2018 is its first appearance at the global event in 28 years.

Despite the consistent success enjoyed by the Pharaohs - Egypt have won seven Africa Cup of Nations titles, at least two more than their closest rivals Cameroon - the team has been largely missing on the biggest stage, qualifying only twice previously: 1934 and 1990.

In the 28 years since its last World Cup appearance, Egypt won four of their total seven continental crowns - the golden age of Egyptian football.

Egyptians are hoping Salah's return will turn around the fortunes for the national side.

"Egypt doesn't have a plan B. There was only one and that was Salah," said journalist Eslam Magdy.

"The team has so many problems when Salah is not there, if you have watched the friendlies you will know exactly what I mean. We are lost without him." 


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

After Russia, focus shifts on Qatar...

Read More

Fans in Paris, Zagreb revel in thri...

Read More

France beat Croatia to win World Cu...

Read More

Manny Pacquiao clinches his first k...

Read More

Hopeful Croatia take on formidable ...

Read More

World Cup 2018: Belgium beat Englan...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Global_News

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Israel pounds Gaza

Thailand cave boys

2018 World Cup