Mohamed Salah will be fit to face Uruguay in Egypt’s first game in the World Cup group stages, boosting his nation’s chances of progressing to the knockout round.

After being forced off against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, there were major concerns about the forward’s chances of being fit to play in Russia.

It was initially thought that Salah had suffered a shoulder dislocation but it was discovered that he had only damaged ligaments in and around the joint.

Egypt’s head coach Hector Cuper has revealed that his side’s talisman will be fit to take on Luis Suarez’s Uruguay.

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Speaking to the press, Cuper said: “I can almost 100 per cent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute.

“We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the options to play or not. I know Salah very well, he’s not fearful. We always know we’re running a risk when playing a match, that’s something we can’t hide.

“But if he does decide to play he’ll have full guarantees on his physical condition and I’m sure he will be fine. And if it does turn out there’s an issue at the last minute we’ll consider it and see if it can be resolved.”

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