Mohamed Salah took part in full training with his Egypt teammates on Saturday as he tries to be fit for a crucial World Cup clash against hosts Russia on Tuesday.
The Liverpool star sat out the opening Group A game against Uruguay on Friday as coach Hector Cuper opted not to rush him back into action after he recovered from a shoulder ligaments injury that he picked up in last month’s European Champions League final.
The Pharaohs defended doggedly but were sunk by a 90th-minute goal from Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, a defeat that left them with no option but to beat Russia after the hosts hammered Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the World Cup opener on Thursday.
“This is the second time Salah trains with the rest of the players. He has a big chance to play against Russia,” Egypt team director Ihab Leheita told reporters at the team’s training base in Grozny.
Egypt looked toothless without their talismanic forward, struggling to carve out openings against Uruguay despite launching several breakaways.
They will be hoping to have Salah fit for the decisive clash against Russia to keep alive their chances of going through on their first World Cup appearance since 1990.