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Egypt's 'fighter' Mo Salah confident of playing at World Cup

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 May 2018
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action against Real Madrid in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final (Reuters)
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah said on Sunday he is confident that he will play with Egypt at next month's World Cup despite a shoulder injury he suffered in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid.

“It was a very tough night, but I'm a fighter. Despite the odds, I'm confident that I'll be in Russia to make you all proud,” Salah said in a brief statement on his social media accounts.

“Your love and support will give me the strength I need,” he added.

Egyptians feared the worst after the 25-year-old was forced off after hurting his shoulder in the 31st minute of Saturday's final in Kiev.

Salah, who scored 44 goals in all competitions for Juergen Klopp's side this season, took a tumble following a challenge from Real captain Sergio Ramos and required treatment on the pitch although he came back on moments later.

Salah, who will carry Egypt's hopes at next month's World Cup in Russia, then crumbled to the ground for a second time and was seen crying when he got up and then left the field to be replaced by Liverpool's England international Adam Lallana.

According to local reports, he faces up to three weeks on the sidelines after suffering a sprain of the shoulder joint ligaments.

According to this diagnosis, Salah would be doubtful for Egypt’s opening World Cup game against Uruguay on 15 June but should be fit to play against hosts Russia and Arab Gulf side Saudi Arabia in their next two games of Group A.

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