We are optimists, coach Hector Cuper said when asked about Salahs health.
Mohamed Salah (left), Luis Suarez (right)
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Salah was injured playing for Liverpool in the final of the UEFA Champions League, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos playing in this World Cup for Spain pulled him into a fall less than a half-hour into their game. Salah broke his fall by stretching out his right arm, and the force of striking the ground led to a shoulder injury that forced him from the game.
Egypt needs as much Salah as it can get against Uruguays accomplished, experienced squad. The core of this Uruguay team reached the 2010 World Cup semifinals, won the 2011 Copa America and has qualified for three consecutive World Cups after the nation missed three times in four cycles between 1994-2006.
Forwards:Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen
With Salah unavailable for pre-World Cup friendlies, Egypt scored only one goal in 270 minutes, in a 1-1 draw against Kuwait. The Egyptians lost 3-0 to Belgium and played to a scoreless draw against Colombia. That draw was promising though, with Colombia fielding a strong lineup that included James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado.
Veteran goalkeeper Muslera, who still looks young enough to be preparing for his freshman year at UCLA, could reach 100 caps ifUruguay advances beyond the group stage. Muslera, 31, was the teams No. 1 goalkeeper at each of the past two World Cups. He has earned four shutouts in 10 World Cup games (not counting consolations).
Defenders:Diego Godin, Maxi Pereira, Sebastian Coates, Martin Caceres, Gaston Silva, Jose Maria Gimenez
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah broke the modern single-season goal-scoring record in Englands Premier League. He scored 32 goals in 38 games, passing the mark held by Harry Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Uruguays Luis Suarez.
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Defenders:Saad Samir, Mahmoud Hamdy, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Fathi
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Forwards:Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Maxi Gomez, Cristhian Stuani
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Egypt has yet to win a World Cup game and is making its first appearance since 1990, the countrys third ever.
The approach to this game is all about Mohamed Salahs left shoulder.
Goalkeepers:Fernando Muslera, Martin Campana, Martin Silva,
Suarez, who has five career World Cup goals, also has missed two World Cup games due to suspension. He earned a red card for a handball in 2010 against Ghana that actually saved the game forUruguay he stopped a shot from going in the net, and the penalty awarded to Ghanas Assamoah Gyan was saved by Muslera — and allowed his team to advance to the semifinals. In 2014, he bit Italys Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during a scramble for the ball and received a four-month ban from the sport that included missing the round of 16 loss to Colombia.
Goalkeepers:Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El Shennaway, Sherif Ekramy
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is working his fourth World Cup, the most of any coach in the tournament.
Edinson Cavani has scored double-figure goals in each of his past 10 club seasons, including 28 in 32 games for Paris St.-Germain in the 2017-18 season. He scored 10 goals in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the most of any player in CONMEBOL. He has scored only twice, however, in the World Cup.
Midfielders:Federico Valverde, Cristian Rodriguez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Nahitan Nandez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya
Salah became a contender for the Ballon dOr by scoring 43 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, including 10 in the Champions League. Without him on the field after he left with the game scoreless, LFC fell to Real by a 3-1 final.
Where:Yekaterinburg, Russia, Ekaterinburg Arena
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Midfielders:Mahmoud Hassan, Sam Morsy, Ramadan Sobhi, Amr Warda, Shikabala, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Kahraba, Abdallah El Said, Tarek Hamed