Mohamed Salah will be out three-to-four weeks as he attempts to recover from the now infamous shoulder injury he suffered against Real Madrid in last Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final.
“In principle it will be from three to four weeks but we are going to try to reduce those deadlines, that’s the big goal,” Liverpool physiotherapist Ruben Pons told Spanish newspaper Marca.
“Once we knew the injury we planned the treatment, he is sad about what happened but he is totally focused on recovery and seeing when he can be ready,” he added.
The timeline puts Salah’s availability for Egypt’s June 15 World Cup opener against Uruguay – and possibly the Pharaohs’ second game against hosts Russia four days later – in doubt.
“We knew that it was something serious as soon as [Salah] fell on the ground because he never complains, we were afraid of the worst,” Pons said of the injury that resulted from Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos’s cynical take-down of the 25-year-old winger.
“We were in the field until the break, I was devastated. I tried to transmit calmness, I told him that nothing could be done and not to worry too much. It was time to look for solutions and not to regret because things did not work out.
“We were watching the game, we were looking at social networks and the security was telling us the result, Madrid has scored, we equalized. When we came back, the game was over, the whole team had changed and prepared for riding the team bus, we helped him change because he could not do it alone and we went to the airport,” Pons explained.
Egypt will face Colombia and Belgium in friendly matches on June 1 and June 6 respectively, but Salah will remain in Spain for treatment as he races against the clock to be fit for the Pharaohs’ first World Cup appearance since 1990.