Egypt manager Hector Cuper claims he's 'almost 100 per cent' sure star man Mohamed Salah will play in World Cup opener against Uruguay
- Egypt kick off their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on Friday
- Hector Cuper is very confident that star man Mohamed Salah will feature
- The Liverpool star was a serious doubt after dislocating his shoulder last month
- He took full part in training on Wednesday and looks set to return just in time
By Spencer Morgan For Mailonline
Published: 08:32 EDT, 14 June 2018 | Updated: 12:20 EDT, 14 June 2018
Egypt boss Hector Cuper is almost 100 per cent certain that star man Mohamed Salah will be fit to play in his team's World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday.
The Liverpool star's participation in Russia was thrown into doubt when he was forced off in the first half of the Champions League final just over a fortnight ago.
After tangling with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, the Egyptian landed heavily on his left shoulder and left the field in tears before watching his team-mates lose 3-1.
Mohamed Salah was smiling as he took part in Egypt training on Thursday afternoon
Salah is Egypt's key player at the World Cup and will be the one his team-mates rely on
The Liverpool forward is said to be almost ready to start for Egypt against Uruguay
Salah looks on prior to Egypt's training session in Ekaterinburg on Thursday afternoon
June 15: Uruguay - Ekaterinburg - 1pm
June 19: Russia - St Petersburg - 7pm
June 25: Saudi Arabia - Volgograd - 3pm
Egypt have remained hopeful he will feature against Luis Suarez and Co in Ekaterinburg on Friday with the forward taking full part in Wednesday's training session.
And manager Cuper is now more confident than ever that Salah will be ready in time.
'Mohamed Salah is doing very well indeed, he's recovered very quickly,' Cuper said at a press conference on Thursday.
'We'll see how it goes today. I can almost assure you 100 per cent that he'll play'
Egypt manager Hector Cuper pictured during his press conference on Thursday morning
Cuper is 'almost 100 per cent' certain that Salah will be able to play against Uruguay
The Liverpool star (left) was a serious doubt after dislocating his shoulder last month
The 25-year-old (right) looked in high spirits on a sunny day at Ekaterinburg Arena
Salah is crucial to Egypt's chances of progressing to the latter stages of the World Cup
Initially, it was feared the Professional Footballer's Association, Football Writers Association and Premier League player of the year would be ruled out of the World Cup.
But the Egyptian Football Federation announced it did not expect Salah to be sidelined for more than three weeks and he was named in the squad for the tournament in Russia.
Egypt and Uruguay are joined in Group A by hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, who meet in the tournament's first match a day earlier.
The Pharaohs' second game is on Monday against Russia in St Petersburg.
Egypt boss Cuper (left) says Salah (right) has made a 'very quick' recovery from his injury