Salah remains doubtful for WCup opener

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

This is a positive turn of events for Salah and his fans, as the Liverpool forward had been battling to get back in form after the tussle with Sergio Ramos cast doubt on his ability to participate in the World Cup, where he would be a pivotal player on the Egyptian team.

"I think there is contract negotiation going on", Marcotti told ESPN FC.

"Salah is getting better".

Salah teased the camera with a suggestive wink as speculation mounts regarding whether he will be fit enough in time for Egypt's crunch opening game against Uruguay on Friday.

Mohamed Salah

Sporting a turquoise-and-white tracksuit, gushed about Salah, saying the Egypt and Liverpool goal machine was "the best footballer in the world, and an overall flawless person".

Alongside that, the former Borussia Dortmund attacker, who became the world's second most expensive player last summer following his £135.5m switch to the Camp Nou - subsequently dropping to fourth following the switches of Kylian Mbappe and Philippe Coutinho - has also found it hard to adapt his game to La Liga and Barca's style of play.

The South American side is expected to top their group, and Lawrenson believes that it will be hard for Egypt to advance to the round of 16, predicting hosts Russian Federation to finish behind Uruguay. The Pharaohs had a tough run in the preparatory World Cup matches, tying with Kuwait and Colombia and losing to Greece, Belgium and Portugal.

However Egypt team doctor Mohamed Abou El-Ela placed some caution on any hopes Salah will play a part against Uruguay in their Group A opener this Friday.