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Salah declared fit to play Egypt World Cup opener

AFP  |  Yekaterinburg (Russia) 

Mohamed has recovered from his and barring a last-minute hitch the Egyptian star will play in their opener against on Friday, said.

The striker's return after weeks of uncertainty is a massive boost for and for the tournament in because it means one of the hottest players on the planet at the moment will be in action.

"We still have to see how training goes today, but I can almost assure you 100 percent that he'll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch," Cuper said on Thursday, shortly before leading out his squad at -- with among them.

The 62-year-old Argentine Cuper added: "is very good and he's recovered very quickly."

Salah, who sustained the in Liverpool's final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, is crucial to Egypt's hopes of making it out of a weak-looking Group A also featuring hosts and

play -- tipped by some to be dark horses -- in just the second game of the tournament, following against in the opening match later Thursday.

Salah was one of the outstanding players in the world this season as he helped propel to the final.

But his dream was left on the brink when he exited the final three weeks ago in tears after wrestled him to the ground.

Salah, who turns 26 on the day of the game, gave 100 million frantic Egyptians a huge lift on Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their base. And Cuper hinted on Thursday that it was the who had the final say whether to play.

"Doctors are giving him the option," said Cuper.

"If he does decide to play he will have full guarantee (about his condition) and I am sure that he will be fine.

"If we see at the last minute that there is an issue then we will see if it can be resolved, but certainly he does not feel afraid." Cuper has attempted to dismiss the notion that are a one-man side, but with 44 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, Salah's badly timed had become a national obsession back home and made global headlines.

defender Diego Godin, who plays in for Atletico Madrid, did not take kindly to an "inopportune" question in a subsequent press conference asking if he intended to follow Ramos in giving Salah some roughhouse treatment.

Uruguay's veteran Oscar Tabarez, who is likely to field a fearsome front two of and Edinson Cavani, said he hoped Salah is fit.

"I will be very happy for him if he plays in a dream match for him, the injury was a great shame and we all felt great solidarity for him," said the 71-year-old.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 20:35 IST
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