Salah races to be fit for Egypt’s World Cup opener vs Uruguay

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced But will he be fit to play Friday’s opening game on the day he turns 26? Millions of Egyptians are anxious to know, and the intense interest isn’t restricted to Egypt.The presence of the country’s national hero is a key factor for his team’s chances against Uruguay, and perhaps advancing from the group stage for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUruguay’s World Cup experience and the depth of the squad make the South American team a favorite for the game and in Group A, which also host Russia and Saudi Arabia. The Russians meet the Saudi’s in Thursday’s tournament opener.SALAH’S INFLUENCE MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michigan OKs Nassar-related laws to give victims time to sue Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary may very well make history on Friday, when he’s hoping to become the oldest player ever to play in a World Cup. But the 45-year-old El Hadary’s spot is far from sure.He’s vying for selection with Sherif Ekramy and Mohamed Elshenawy in what team officials say is a “heated but healthy and decent ” competition to be top choice.Egypts defense, anchored by West Bromwich defenders Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr, will be seriously tested by Uruguay’s strike duo of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.URUGAYAN ATTACKCavani was in great shape for Paris Saint-Germain with 40 goals during the season and also had a tournament-leading 10 goals in South American qualifying — three more than the likes of Lionel Messi and Gabriel Jesus.He has 42 goals for Uruguay and poses a significant threat to the Egyptian defense.Suarez is also poised to perform on the sport’s biggest stage, aiming to make a mark for his attacking prowess. At the 2010 World Cup, he was part of the squad that placed fourth but he was mostly remembered for his red card for handling a goal-bound header by Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah.Four years later, Suarez was expelled from the tournament in Brazil for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. Uruguay subsequently lost to Colombia in the round of 16.EL MAESTRO’S MILESTONECoach Oscar Tabarez leads two-time champion Uruguay into his fourth World Cup, and third in a row. He was in charge in 1990 and again in 2010 and 2014. Tabarez’s teams have always made it out of the group stage, including a semifinal appearance in South Africa in 2010. Nicknamed “El Maestro” (The Teacher), Tabarez brought the much needed discipline to Uruguay teams. Salah is a player who inspires and delivers for both his club and country. He scored 44 goals in all competitions in his debut season for Liverpool and became the leading scorer in the Premier League. His goals fired Egypt to the World Cup for the first time since 1990, earning Salah the deep gratitude of his nation and respect from rivals.Salah scored five of Egypt’s eight goals in the last round of Africa qualifying, including one from the spot in injury time against Congo that secured a spot in Russia with a game to spare. Without him, Egypt was struggling to find the back of the net in warmup games against Colombia (0-0) and Belgium (3-0).Salah showed clear signs of progress in his recovery Tuesday, dribbling the ball around the pitch and running at pace after working on his shoulder with a physiotherapist on the sidelines.“We are here after 28 years. We are happy about that, but every one of us has big ambitions and hopes,” Salah told reporters in Grozny.ONE FOR THE AGESADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2017 file photo, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, center, battles for the ball with Congo’s Delvin N’Dinga, right, and Tobias Badila during the 2018 World Cup group E qualifying soccer match at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)YEKATERINBURG, Russia — The emphasis on the team returning to the World Cup after 28 years has given way to attention on an individual player ahead of Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay.Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is expected to recover from a shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final in time to play at least some part of Egypt’s World Cup campaign.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more