CAIRO – Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt’s World Cup squad despite concerns over his shoulder injury.
Salah was one of two forwards named in Hector Cuper’s final 23-man squad as the Pharaohs continue to plot their Group A strategy with Salah in mind. Cuper is unlikely to be able to call upon his playmaker for their opening clash against Uruguay on 15 June but reports suggest Salah will be fit for the remaining fixtures against Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Salah netted 44 times in 52 appearances for Liverpool this season before a challenge from Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final put his participation in the global showpiece in doubt as he limped off before the break.
The Reds star took to social media to share a picture with “good feelings” as the caption, raising expectations he will be fit to play his part at the 2018 World Cup.
Salah will join Premier League colleagues Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City) and Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom) in Egypt on 9 June before travelling to Russia.
Salah tweeted the following at the end of May:
It was a very tough night, but I'm a fighter. Despite the odds, I'm confident that I'll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need. pic.twitter.com/HTfKF4S70e
Egypt World Cup Squad:
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly).
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fath), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (Zamalek).
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah El-Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).
Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).
African News Agency (ANA)