Salah arrives in Egypt after injury recovery in Spain

Salah arrives in Egypt after injury recovery in Spain

Salah arrives in Egypt after injury recovery in Spain

Belgium star Eden Hazard said he will support Egypt at the World Cup for his friend Mohamed Salah following Wednesday's global friendly.

Mohamed Salah has attempted to laugh off claims from Sergio Ramos that he could have played on in Liverpool's Champions League final meeting with Real Madrid.

Panama will make their World Cup debut in Russian Federation, where the central Americans will face England, Belgium and Tunisia in Group G. But Hernan Dario Gomez's men will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes after this latest setback ahead of the June 14-July 15 showpiece.

Speaking to Marca on Saturday, the 25-year-old winger said that Ramos did send him a message but he never replied saying it was fine, "He sent me a message, but I never told him it was "fine"".

Salah has been working constantly on his shoulder since the injury and hopes "to play the first game against Uruguay", but it will depend on how much progress he makes between now and then.

"I think we have a great team and a great coach; we want to qualify for the next round and do well. If we want to go far in the World Cup, we'll have to be as solid as we were tonight and keep our energy".

The Egyptian carries the hopes of a nation going into the World Cup, coming off a stunning season with Liverpool and having turned in inspirational performances for the Pharaohs during qualification.

The nation was distraught at the possibility of their most crucial player missing the tournament, with one lawyer even filing a $1 billion lawsuit against Madrid captain Ramos over the incident which caused Salah's injury.

They will then play against hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25. "Maybe like for Spain to win the World Cup", he added. "Also anger and sadness for not being able to continue playing the Champions League final", he said. I will support Egypt in the World Cup for him.

"Now I'm better, though", he added. Of course, you can then say "right, we've got there, that's that", but for me it's not like that.

"In my head the pressure is to achieve something different from what we have done".

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