Mohamed Salah will decide whether to play for Egypt on Friday after the Liverpool forward was declared fit for the World Cup.
Salah was considered a major doubt for his country's opening Group A clash against Uruguay having injured his shoulder during the Reds' Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid almost three weeks ago.
However, the player – who celebrates his 26th birthday on Friday – has been undergoing intense rehabilitation to prove his fitness.
And now Egypt coach Hector Cuper has revealed it will be up to Salah himself to declare if he is confident enough to face Uruguay and their former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.
“I can almost 100 per cent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute,” said Cuper at a pre-match media conference.
“We're trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the option to play or not.
"I know Salah very well, he's not fearful, we always know we're running a risk when playing a match, that's something we can't hide.
“But if he does decide to play he'll have full guarantees on his physical condition and I'm sure he will be fine.
“And if it does turn out there's an issue at the last minute we'll consider it and see if it can be resolved.”
After playing Uruguay, Egypt take on hosts Russia on Tuesday before finishing their group games with a clash against Saudi Arabia.
Source: Liverpool Echo
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