Egypt coach: Salah "almost 100 per cent" to play vs. Uruguay

Mohamed Salah

Egypt face Uruguay in the second game of the 2018 World Cup on Friday, completing the first round of fixtures in Group A.

The fitness and sharpness of Mohamed Salah is yet to be publicly assessed and it is confirmed he will not start this afternoon's game, which only adds to the feeling that Uruguay should be too strong for Egypt in this contest. Live streaming is available on Fox Sports Go, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the Fox Sports Go app.

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.

Cuper has attempted to dismiss the notion that Egypt are a one-man side, but with 44 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, Salah's badly timed injury has become a national obsession back home.

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Egypt certainly missed Salah's presence on the pitch and BBC commentator and Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown admitted it was a odd decision from Cuper not to bring him on.

"Salah is doing very well indeed, he's recovered very quickly".

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

The Liverpool superstar's participation was thrown into doubt after he suffered a shoulder injury following a seemingly rough tackle by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the final of Champions League last month.

Brazilian footballing legend Pele sent a touching tweet to Salah moments before Egypt's World Cup opener.

How is Uruguay looking at the Salah threat?

"Yesterday we were quite certain that he would play".

The Pharaohs are appearing in just their third World Cup and a first since 1990 - somewhat ironically, since they were the first African team to play in the tournament, way back in 1934. Now, they are going to need him more than ever with six points still up for grabs.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani had a couple of half-chances for Uruguay in the first half, the best made by himself when he juggled the ball and lashed it on the volley from outside the box, but it was deflected over.

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