WORLD CUP WATCH: Egypt determined to shine despite Mohamed Salah worry – Ahmed Elmohamady

WORLD CUP WATCH: Egypt determined to shine despite Mohamed Salah worry – Ahmed Elmohamady
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch injured during the UEFA Champions League Final at the NSK Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday May 31, 2018. 10:00

Ahmed Elmohamady says Egypt are determined to perform strongly at the 2018 World Cup despite the injury to star player Mohamed Salah which threatens his participation in the tournament.

The prolific forward, who played a key role in the Pharaohs qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, suffered a serious shoulder injury while representing Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final last weekend.

Reports this midweek suggest that the player will be sidelined for up to four weeks, though there is hope that with intensive treatment that time frame will be reduced and he will be able to appear in Egypt’s opening Group A match against Uruguay on June 15.

Elmohamady, who also suffered bitter disappointment last Saturday when Aston Villa lost to Fulham in the EFL Championship playoff final, insists the Pharaohs will shine regardless.

"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,” Elmohamady told ON Sport.

“All the players wish him a speedy recovery; the whole team were shocked because he is very important.”

The veteran player added, "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.”

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