Liverpool Striker Mohamed Salah was not included in Egypt’s starting line-up for their World Cup opener against Uruguay following his shoulder injury.
Mohamed Salah who performed well last season in the Priemere league and Champions league is expected by football lovers to lead his country through their World Cup group stage but it’s sad the striker is not starting his countries first match.
The star striker suffered the shoulder injury three weeks ago in Liverpool’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
On the eve of the Uruguay match, Egypt coach Hector Cuper said Salah was fit, raising Egyptian hopes that he would start the Group A clash.
Salah’s absence is a blow to Egypt’s hopes of making a strong start to their World Cup assault in Russia, against a talented Uruguay side boasting former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.
The Egyptians will start with Marwan Mohsen, who plays for domestic side Al Ahly, as the lone out-and-out striker.
Salah’s omission is also something of a surprise given Cuper’s comments on Thursday when he said:
“We still have to see how training goes today, but I can almost assure you 100 percent that he’ll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch.”
The 62-year-old Argentine added:
“Salah is very good and he’s recovered very quickly.”
Mohamed, one of the best players in the world this season, is crucial to Egypt’s hopes of making it out of a weak-looking group also featuring hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Russia put pressure on the rest of the group with a 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia in their opening match on Thursday.
The star striker was outstanding as he helped propel Liverpool to the Champions League final.
But his World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the final in tears after Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.
Cuper has attempted to dismiss the notion that Egypt is a one-man side, but with 44 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, Salah’s badly timed injury became a national obsession back home and made global headlines.