Mohamed Salah ready to make Egypt return against Russian Federation

17 June 2018, 01:43 | Kristine Mills

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And Butcher claims he would pick Salah over the Uruguayan, should the choice be made available.

It was a cagey opening to the match, with both sides knowing how important a positive result would be after the marker was set down by Group A rivals Russian Federation, who beat Saudi Arabia Thursday 5-0.

"If Salah plays, we will just have to control his many strengths", the 71-year-old coach said.

Egypt's first World Cup match since 1990 ended in defeat after a last minute goal by Uruguay.

El-Shennawy, who plies his trade for Al Ahly, denied Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani a couple of times, including a great save to stop Cavani's belter.

A shoulder injury, however, following a tangle with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos during the Uefa Champions League final in Kiev on May 25 nearly ended his World Cup campaign.

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Egypt attacking talisman Mohamed Salah will start against Uruguay in their FIFA World Cup opener and has been backed to contest for the Golden Boot award.

It was each side's first group game of the World Cup, and Suarez will have been relieved to see Gimenez steal all three points. Though he quickly added he thinks Salah will be ready for Tuesday's crucial match against Russian Federation in St. Petersburg. "We either die or we kill, we have to keep progressing", said Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez at the end of the game.

'Yesterday we were quite certain that he would play.

Egypt, which had zero corner kicks in the match, has yet to win a World Cup game.

"Mo Salah is an important player for us, that is without a doubt, " Cuper said after Friday's (Saturday NZT) match. "In the history of football we have broken a spell (winning the opening game)", he added.

However, he decided not to risk him on Friday in the hope he would be be totally fit for the other Group A clashes against Russian Federation on Tuesday and Saudi Arabia.



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