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Mohamed Salah shrugs off injury to join Egypt training

AFP  |  Grozny 

gave Egypt's hopes a huge boost Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their base.

The Pharaohs' superstar has been sidelined since suffering a in Liverpool's final loss to Real Madrid on May 26.

However, an saw the forward take part in his first training session since the injury, going through a range of warm-up exercises with his teammates.

was cagey about Salah's progress, saying there was no guarantee he would play in Egypt's Group A opener against on Friday.

"There's a good degree of progress but no definitive decision on whether he takes part, as we are following his case day by day," he told reporters.

arrived in with serious doubts about his participation due to the shoulder injury, which occurred when wrestled him to the ground in the final.

But such has been his form for Liverpool, with 44 goals in all competitions this season, that he was included in the squad simply on the off-chance he could play.

On May 30, officials said would be out for "not more" than three weeks, which would rule him out of the match but put him in the frame for on June 19 and on June 25.

Team doctor said over the weekend that Salah would not play "unless he has totally recovered".

The sat out Egypt's first training session after arriving in but was optimistic about his prospects.

"I'm excited. God willing I'm well-prepared and things are going well and my morale is high," he told AFP on Sunday.

has expressed hope that Salah will play against the South Americans, saying he wants to play against the best at football's showpiece tournament.

"I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play," he said.

Salah is regarded as a contender for the Ballon d'Or, alongside Argentina's Lionel Messi, Portugal's and Neymar of

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 15:55 IST