Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos wished a speedy recovery for Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah after the injury he suffered during the UEFA Champions League final game Saturday.
Salah took a tumble following a challenge from Ramos and required treatment on the pitch although he came back on moments later. He 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.
"Sometimes football shows you it's good side and other times the bad," Ramos wrote on his Twitter account early Sunday.
"Above all, we are fellow pros. #Getwellsoon @MoSalah."
In Cairo, Egyptians screamed insults at Ramos during a public screening of the final. Salah has 20 days to get fit before Egypt takes on Uruguay in its first World Cup game for 28 years.
The tackle, which ended Salah's UEFA final, provoked fury in Egypt, where Salah is a national hero. ''Ramos is a dog,'' was one trending topic on Twitter in Egypt, along with other insults.
Egyptians took to social media to vent their frustration over Salah's injury and blame Ramos for causing it, using Arabic's rich and colourful range of expletives.
Early on Sunday, Egypt's Minister of Sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz announced that Salah needs only two weeks to recover from injury and he will be fit for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"The simple diagnosis of Salah's injury that he suffers from a sprain of the shoulder joint ligaments," read a statement released by Minister Abdel-Aziz on his Facebook page.
Egypt will kick-off their World Cup campaign 15 June against Uruguay, and then face hosts Russia on 19 June. Their final group stage match will be against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.
(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)