Egypt's Salah back in training for first time since injury, remains doubtful for Uruguay

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul, Monday 11 Jun 2018,
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah (L) speaks with Egypt's national team head coach Hector Cuper (AFP)

Egypt's star winger Mohamed Salah trained individually on Monday for the first time since injuring his shoulder in last month's UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid.

However, the 25-year-old's participation in Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday remains uncertain.

"The player is training individually under the supervision of the team's medical staff while the Pharaohs are holding their second training session in Grozny," reads a statement on the Egyptian Football Association's official website.

Salah, Liverpool's top scorer who has been undergoing rehabilitation therapy in Spain, said on Sunday he was working very hard to be ready for the Uruguay showdown.

"Salah is becoming better. He has the determination and enthusiasm to take part in the Uruguay match, but we can't say whether he will play or not four days ahead of the game," Egypt's team manager Ihab Leheta explained later on Monday.

"We are monitoring Salah since the injury day. He took part in daily rehabilitation training sessions and today he has resumed, yet individually."

"We can't push him to play the opening match because we care about his future," Leheta said.

Salah sprained his shoulder ligaments after a challenge from Real defender Sergio Ramos in Kiev.

Egypt will be making their first World Cup appearance since 1990, when they were eliminated at the group stage.

The seven-time African champions will take on hosts Russia on 19 June before facing Saudi Arabia in their final group stage game on 25 June.

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