Will Mo recover in time to compete in Russia?
Mo Salah was in tears as he was forced off after half an hour, with the score at 0-0, following a challenge from Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos which resulted in a sprain to his shoulder ligaments.
Mo Salah, who ended the season with a whopping 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, was undoubtedly a huge threat for Real, and his absence coupled with Lorius Karius’ mistakes undoubtedly cost Liverpool the Cup.
“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter,” Mo posted on Twitter. “Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud.”
The Egyptian is now with his national team, and he is upbeat about his chances of attending Russia. It has been stated that DR Mohammed Abu Ola was optimistic that Salah would be able to play in the World Cup. Salah himself is also optimistic that he will be able to recover in time to compete in Russia. Mo assured his fans by posting on Twitter. He wrote;
“Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”
However, Saudi Arabia Sports Authority chairman Turki Al-Sheikh contradicted claims that Salah would be playing at the World Cup.
Al-Sheik, who reportedly has close ties with the Egyptian FA, stated that Liverpool would not allow their top-scorer to take the injections to allow him to play through the injury.
It has been implied that Mo Salah will be sidelined for two months. It is evident that Mo may not have enough time to recover for Egypt’s first match against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg on June 15. He has two weeks, which may not be enough because of the severity of his injury.
Al-Sheik wrote on Facebook: “With great sadness, sadly our great Arab star Mohamed Salah was confirmed in his absence of two months to injury, which means he will miss the World Cup.
“We wish him a speedy recovery.
“I think that Liverpool will not allow Salah to take the cortisone because it is dangerous for the player in the long term and will press hard to complete the treatment for two months, which unfortunately means that we will not see the star Mohamed Salah in the World Cup.”
It is very unlikely that Mo will be able to train within the next two weeks, but Egypt will take Salah to Russia regardless. If Mo will be attending to watch or playing is dependant on how quickly he recovers. So it is all down to Mo’s fighting spirit.