Egypt start without Salah, Uruguay at full strength

Mohamed Salah Egypt

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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.

"Mo is doing very well indeed".

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Salah's omission is also something of a surprise given Cuper's comments on Thursday, when he said: "We still have to see how training goes today, but I can nearly assure you 100 percent that he'll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch".

Salah, who turned 26 on Friday, came out with other players to inspect the pitch in Yekaterinburg.

Since then he has not played, keeping fans in suspense before Egypt's first World Cup finals in 28 years.

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Cuper said: "Salah has recovered and will play tomorrow (today)". If he does decide to play he will have full guarantee [about his condition] and I am sure that he will be fine. "Certainly he doesn't feel afraid".

The two-time world champions will get their campaign underway in Ekaterinburg looking to respond to Russia's statement on the opening day, with their Group A rivals running out 5-0 winners over Saudi Arabia. Watched closely by dozens of cameras on Thursday, the striker appeared not to overstrain himself during training.

Cuper also entertained a question from a reporter about Salah's prospects of emerging as the top scorer at the tournament. "In addition to being a great player, he is very smart, very intelligent and we are going to really capitalise on him".

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