Liverpool physio Ruben Pons has revealed that it could take up to four weeks for Mohamed Salah to regain full fitness, meaning he would miss Egypt’s group stage fixtures in Russia.
Although Tuesday’s press coverage of Liverpool was dominated by the fact that Fabinho has joined the club, supporters are still recovering from Sunday’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev.
Part of the disappointment at the Reds slipping at the final hurdle is the manner in which it happened. Two errors in goal from Loris Karius all but handed Real the Champions League crown.
But what most supporters are curious about is how different the game would have been had Mo Salah been fit enough to continue given the dominance that Liverpool asserted in the opening 30 minutes of the game.
On top of that, Salah could miss the World Cup in Russia after spraining ligaments in his shoulder and will now undergo surgery.
Pons said: “He is sad about what happened but he is totally focused on recovery and seeing when he can be ready.
“In principle, it will be three to four weeks but we are going to try to reduce those deadlines, that’s the big goal.”
Pons also revealed what happened down the tunnel after Salah was forced to leave the match prematurely.
The Spanish physio said: “We knew that it was something serious as soon as [Salah] fell on the ground because he never complains, we were afraid of the worst.
“We were in the field until the break, I was devastated, I tried to transmit calmness. I told him that nothing could be done and that he did not worry too much, it was time to look for solutions and not to regret because things did not work.
“We were watching the game, we were looking at social networks and the security was telling us the result, Madrid has scored, we equalised.
“When we came back, the game was over, the whole team had changed and prepared for riding the team bus, we helped him change because he could not do it alone and we went to the airport.”