Salah nearly certain to face Uruguay, reveals Egypt coach Cuper

Luis Suarez

"[Salah] didn't play in this game because there was a small chance that something could happen to him", confirmed Cuper post-match.

Mohamed Salah is in a high-profile race to be fit for Egypt's World Cup 2018 opener against Uruguay on Friday and even opponents are hoping the Liverpool ace could yet play a role in Russian Federation.

Where is the World Cup Egypt vs Uruguay match?

The World Cup Egypt vs Uruguay match will take place on Friday, June 15, 2018. While he turns 26 on Friday, the event of far more importance is Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay.

Uruguay, loaded with high-end talent including Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, is a dark horse contender to win the whole tournament.

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

The victory sees Uruguay move up to three point and in second position in Group A behind Russian Federation.

"I can nearly assure you 100% he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute", Cuper told reporters.

On the eve of the Uruguay match, Egypt coach Hector Cuper said Salah was fit, raising Egyptian hopes that he would start the Group A clash.

"We have enthusiasm and the seriousness to make an excellent match", Cuper said.

Although Uruguay won the game, with the incident initially going unpunished, the Uruguayans were beaten 2-0 by South American rivals Colombia in the last-16 with Suarez watching from home.

Suarez and his team-mates were quickly back on the front foot following the restart, though, and Cavani fed his strike partner for a low drive that El-Shenawy blocked bravely.

Sergio Ramos' shithousery against the winger took the Liverpool forward out of the Champions League final after just half an hour.

"Doctors are giving him the option", said Cuper.

Egypt continued to dictate the tempo of the games and had lots of possession which forced the Uruguay side to sit deep and rely exclusively on the counter-attack.

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