The Egypt team are optimistic about the upcoming World Cup in Russia despite wunderkind Mohamed Salah’s recent shoulder injury, Pharaohs winger Ahmed Elmohamady said on Tuesday.
"We are determined to secure an achievement in our long-awaited appearance in the World Cup despite the impact of Mohamed Salah's injury on the team,” he said.
“All the players wish him a speedy recovery; the whole team were shocked because he is very important," the Aston Villa winger told ON Sport TV channel.
The seven-time African champions have reached the World Cup this year for the first time since the 1990 tournament in Italy, where they were eliminated in the group stage.
"We are waiting to see him back in action and we hope that he will be available for our first match in the Cup against Uruguay [on 15 June]," added Elmohamady.
The team faces a serious challenge after star winger Salah picked up a shoulder injury in Saturday's UEFA Champions league final that will sideline him for at least three weeks.
Egypt will kick off their World Cup campaign on 15 June against Uruguay, then face hosts Russia on 19 June. Their final Group A match will be against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.
In March, Egypt lost to Portugal and Greece in two friendly matches held during their first training camp in Switzerland.
On Friday Egypt managed a 1-1 draw against hosts Kuwait, in the first friendly game of the team's final preparatory camp.
This Friday, Hector Cuper’s men will take on Colombia in the Italian city of Bergamo, then Belgium in Brussels on 6 June, their last two warm-up matches.
"Colombia and Belgium matches will be difficult tests. The friendly matches provide technical and morale benefits, so we will work hard to achieve positive results to end our preparations on a high note," 30-year-old Elmohamady concluded.
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