Egypt's Salah fit and ready to fire against Uruguay

Posted June 19, 2018

Luis Suarez has "matured a great deal" and is primed to lead Uruguay's assault on the World Cup, coach Oscar Tabarez said on the eve of their opening game in Russian Federation. "Now, we have to enjoy what we will be doing", Cuper told beIN Sports satellite channel ahead of the clash.

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

Cuper said: "Salah has recovered and will play tomorrow (today)".

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"In terms of him on the pitch - if he does decide to play he'll have full guarantees in terms of his physical condition, he's going to be fine".

"If we see at the last minute that there is an issue then we will see if it can be resolved, but certainly he does not 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.

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Salah's absence is a blow to Egypt's hopes of making a strong start to their World Cup assault in Russian Federation, against a talented Uruguay side boasting former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Watched closely by dozens of cameras on Thursday, the striker appeared not to overstrain himself during training.

"Why not? He could become the top goalscorer here and one of the greatest players".

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