Egypt still unsure whether Mohamed Salah fit enough for World Cup opener

Salah availability for Uruguay clash ´uncertain´ despite joining Egypt training

He bagged a staggering 44 goals in all competitions last season.

He has an outside chance of facing Uruguay on Friday but a more realistic target is the games against Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, two matches against the lowest ranked sides in the competition when Salah could fill his goalscoring boots.

A total of four group-stage games will be played at the Yekaterinburg's 35,000-seater stadium, including Egypt taking on Uruguay on Friday.

"We could need to substitute him‚ but we hope that won't be the case".

Defender Jose Maria Gimenez said the Egypt game was the "most important" as it would set the tone for the rest of the tournament.

Godin appeared offended by a question from a reporter who asked whether they would repeat what Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos did to Liverpool's Salah in last month's Champions League final.

Nonetheless, in an interview Egypt's managing director Ehab Lehita admitted that while Salah is making good progress, he can not confirm whether or not he will be fit to play by the time the game kicks off.

Eden Hazard contributed a goal and assist in Belgium's World Cup tune-up win over Egypt.

"I assure you 100 per cent that he will be with us, barring unforeseen circumstances".

"I'm with Luis [Suarez], I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play", Muslera said.

Cuper does not mind his team being described as defensive and is not about to rip up the playbook that has brought them to their first World Cup finals in 28 years.

Lahita said the squad's starting XI would be decided before Egypt departs Wednesday from their base in Grozny, Russia.

Salah is regarded as a contender for the Ballon d'Or for his spectacular debut season at Anfield, alongside Argentina's Lionel Messi, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar of Brazil.

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