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Salah fit for Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay today

Iran's Ezatolahi to miss first match against Mexico

June 15, 2018 00:00:00

Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah with his teammates in a training session at Ekaterinburg Stadium in Ekaterinburg on Thursday, a day ahead of the team's Russia 2018 World Cup Group A opening match against Uruguay — Reuters

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Agencies): Egypt coach Hector Cuper said that star striker Mohamed Salah has recovered from his shoulder injury and will almost certainly play against Uruguay in the sides' World Cup opener on Friday.

"We still have to see how training goes today, but I can almost assure you 100 percent that he'll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch," Cuper announced on Thursday.

The 62-year-old Argentine added: "Salah is very good and he's recovered very quickly."

Salah, who sustained the injury in Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, is one of the biggest names at the World Cup and crucial to the north African side's hopes of making it out of a weak-looking Group A also featuring the hosts and Saudi Arabia.

Uruguay's World Cup experience and the depth of the squad make the South American team a favorite for the game and in Group A, which also host Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Iran's national football team were on Wednesday preparing for their opening FIFA World Cup game without star defensive midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi, who is serving a two-game ban.

Iran will take on Morocco in their first Group B match on Friday, reports EFE news agency.

The 21-year-old, who featured for Spanish giants Atletico Madrid at youth level, is the only player at the World Cup expected to miss their team's opening game due to suspension.

FIFA's disciplinary committee had imposed a two-game suspension on Ezatolahi in October 2017 for violent conduct during a qualifying match on August 31 against South Korea in Seoul.

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