Salah hopeful of making World Cup opener for Egypt

Salah hopeful of making World Cup opener for Egypt

Salah hopeful of making World Cup opener for Egypt

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is now in a race to be fit for the World Cup.

A couple days ago, Real Madrid central defender and team captain Sergio Ramos hit back at all the criticism that he's received since his collision with Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final which resulted in a serious injury to the Liverpool and Egypt star.

Panama will make their World Cup debut in Russian Federation, where the central Americans will face England, Belgium and Tunisia in Group G. But Hernan Dario Gomez's men will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes after this latest setback ahead of the June 14-July 15 showpiece.

"Now I'm feeling better", Salah told the Spanish daily. "I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches".

After Lukaku's opener, Hazard put the hosts two up shortly before the break, curling in a first-time shot from the center of the area after Yannick Carrasco had picked him out from the endline.

The seven-time African champions will kick off their first World Cup campaign since 2000 with the 16 June match against Uruguay, and will then face hosts Russian Federation on 19 June.

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"It's amusing", he said when asked on Ramos direct comments on the incident.

But speaking prior to the team's departure for Russia, Salah spoke positively of his chances of lining up in Yekaterinburg. There was also anger and sadness at being unable to continue playing in the Champions League final.

Their final Group A match will be against Saudi Arabia on 25 June. I will support Egypt in the World Cup for him.

"And it was something we all said: 'Wow, we have to do it, we have to do it.' We had not achieved it for a long time and it was something very special - maybe like winning the World Cup for Spain. We want to get into the next round and do things well there", he added. "I promise to do my best for our people", he added.

"The pressure was to qualify for the World Cup. That doesn't go through my head", he said.

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