Salah joins Egypt training, but doesn't participate

Salah joins Egypt training, but doesn't participate

Mohamed Salah led Egypt back to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990.

"He's prepared a lot, he's got the right mindset for this World Cup, and I do believe he's meeting all my expectations", added the Uruguay boss.

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

Godin appeared offended by a question from a reporter who asked whether they would repeat what Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos did to Liverpool's Salah in last month's Champions League final.

Doubts over the fitness of Mohamed Salah has not dissuaded fans from believing the Egyptian superstar will finish the World Cup as the top-scorer. However, I can not confirm today that he will play in the first match.

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

However the Egypt boss said no decision would be taken until Thursday's training session as the Pharaohs flew into Yekaterinburg for the start of their World Cup campaign.

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"In addition to being a great player, he is very smart, very intelligent and we are going to really capitalise on him".

"We've been preparing for a long time and are focused".

Friday sees Egypt face Uruguay in Ekaterinburg.

Salah is hoping that he will be fit to claim his place in the starting line up, but the Egyptian medical team are not sure he will be ready.

It was initially thought he would miss the group stage - Egypt are paired with Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

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