World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah watches on during Egypt training session as winger nears return to fitness

Although Salah didn’t take part in training, the winger appeared in high spirits as he acknowledged the Egyptian crowds and met with fans

Mohamed Salah acknowledges the crowds in Cairo during an Egypt training session
Mohamed Salah acknowledges the crowds in Cairo during an Egypt training session

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was in attendance as Egypt held their final training session in Cairo ahead of their World Cup opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg next Friday.

Although Salah didn’t take part in training, the winger appeared in high spirits as he acknowledged the Egyptian crowds and met with fans.

The 25-year-old went off with a shoulder problem in the first half of Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in last month's Champions League final but the winger is expected to play some part in Egypt's first Group A fixture in Russia.

"Now I'm feeling better," Salah said on Saturday. "I'm hopeful of being able to play in our first game, but this will depend on how I feel when the day comes around."

Salah, who laughed off Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos's claim that he would have been able to continue in Kiev had he taken a pain-killing injection, scored the penalty that sealed Egypt's place at a first World Cup in 28 years and insists they are not in Russia to make up the numbers.

"We've got a great team and a great coach. We want to get into the next round and do things well there," he added.

"We're strong as a group, we all have the same objective, which is to win and that's the most important thing. We don't just have one strong point, but the main thing is we play together as a group.

"The pressure was to qualify for the World Cup. Of course, you can then say 'right, we've got there, that's that', but for me it's not like that. We want to make history and achieve something different.

"It's not a simple case of going, playing three games and thank you very much. That's not going through my head."

After their opening Group A match against Uruguay, Egypt face tournament hosts Russia on June 19 before finishing the opening stages against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.

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