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Egypt team flies to Belgium for final World Cup test game; Salah to join teammates in Cairo on 9 June

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 5 Jun 2018
Egypt National Team
Egypt players in Monday's training session amid the final training camp ahead of the World Cup (Photo: EFA's official facebook page)
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Egypt national team left Italy midday on Tuesday to head to Belgium ahead of their upcoming final friendly match in preparations for the anticipated World Cup, while the team's injured star Mohamed Salah is due to join his teammates in Cairo in the coming days ahead of travelling to Russia on 10 June.

The Pharaohs will be hosted by Belgium in Brussels in their final warm-up match on Wednesday before flying to Russia to make their first World Cup appearance since 1990, when they were eliminated at the group stage.

The seven-time African champions will kick off their World Cup campaign on 16 June against Uruguay, then face hosts Russia on 19 June.

Their final Group A match will be against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.

On Monday, Argentinean coach Hector Cuper announced Egypt's final 23-man squad for the World's most prestigious tournament.

The team is scheduled to hold one training session in Brussels on Tuesday night.

Liverpool star Salah missed Egypt's current camp after picking up a shoulder injury in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on 26 May.

Last week, the Egyptian Football Association said the player, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Spain, needs three weeks to return to action.

"Salah will return to Cairo in the coming few days and he is supposed to join the team's camp on 9 June, one day before flying to Russia," Egypt team manager Ihab Leheta told ONSport TV channel on Monday night.

"He will continue his rehabilitation program under the supervision of the national team medical staff," he added.

Egypt secured a late 1-1 draw against Kuwait last month before holding Colombia to a 0-0 stalemate in the Italian city of Bergamo on Friday.

In March, Egypt lost to Portugal and Greece in two friendly matches held during their first training camp in Switzerland.

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