Uruguay Stars Want Mohamed Salah Fit For The Opener Vs Egypt

Updated: 12 June 2018 15:09 IST

Mohamed Salah is still doubtful for the Egypt vs Uruguay FIFA World Cup 2018 match.

Uruguay Stars Want Mohamed Salah Fit For The Opener Vs Egypt
Mohamed Salah during the training session. © AFP

Ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2018 opener against Mohamed Salah starred Egypt on June 15 at the Ekaterinburg Arena, Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera insisted that they would love to see 'The Pharaohs' key man fit to play when the two countries clash. Following an hour-long training session for the Celeste at their humble Bor training camp just outside the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Muslera said he wants Mohamed Salah to fully recover from the shoulder injury sustained in the recent Champions League final against Real Madrid.

"I'm with Luis (Suarez), I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play," said Muslera.

Doubts persist over Salah's fitness but the Egyptian star said from the team's base in Grozny on Monday that he was "well-prepared" for the tournament.

On May 30, Egypt officials said Salah would be out for "not more" than three weeks, which would rule him out of the Uruguay match but put him in the frame for Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.

Back in Nizhny Novgorod, Uruguay's training session, overseen by veteran coach Oscar Tabarez, was their first since arriving in Russia 24 hours before.

Following an exhausting 16-hour flight, the team faces another four hours on a plane for the game against Egypt, which will be played in Ekaterinburg.

Muslera, who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray, shrugged off travel fatigue being a problem, saying Uruguay had five days to prepare for the game.

Defender Jose Maria Gimenez said the Egypt game was the "most important" as it would set the tone for the rest of the tournament.

Uruguay are the favourites in Group A, which also includes hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, who kick off the World Cup on June 14.

Russian schoolchildren were allowed into the training session, and unsurprisingly shouted out for Uruguay's two biggest stars -- Barcelona's Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani.

(With AFP inputs)

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Topics : Egypt Uruguay Mohamed Salah 2018 FIFA World Cup Football
Highlights
  • Muslera said he wants Mohamed Salah to fully recover from injury
  • I like the best players to play: Muslera
  • Uruguay are the favourites in Group A
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