Egyptian Football Association president Hany Abou Rida says star winger Mohamed Salah will likely miss Egypt’s 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Uruguay.
“If we’re being realistic, he’ll probably miss the first match. Of course it would be a very pleasant surprise if he can be ready in time,” Abou Rida told an Egyptian radio show on Wednesday.
“Don’t forget he also can’t do much training [white rehabbing], plus he’ll be fasting. He’ll be doing some light cardio on the bike, for example. He’s very determined to be back as soon as possible. He doesn’t want to waste a minute of rehab. He’s barely even taking phone calls from people he knows,” Abou Rida explained.
Abou Rida’s comments are in line with the official three-to-four week diagnosis of Liverpool, Salah’s club with whom he sprained his shoulder in last Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final.
“[Salah’s] spirits are high. He’s getting great treatment in a great place with a very good physio. He wants to get back soon. He’s asking about all details from [Egypt’s training camp in Italy], and about each and every singe player,” Abou Rida, who is in Valencia with Salah, said in the interview.
Egypt takes on Colombia in a friendly on Friday before facing Belgium on June 6 in the final tune-up for the Pharaohs ahead of the World Cup.
After opening against Uruguay on June 15, Egypt will face hosts Russia on June 19. Egypt’s group stage campaign will conclude against Saudi Arabia on June 25.