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Egypt boss Hector Cuper: We’re working around the absence of Salah

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Egypt head coach Hector Cuper spoke about the effect of fasting on players, draw with Colombia and playing without Mohamed Salah.

The Pharaohs drew 0-0 with Colombia in their second of three final friendlies as part of their final preparations before heading to Russia.

Cuper was forced to make a few changes to the squad after the team’s star Mohamed Salah sustained a shoulder injury in the UEFA Champions League final game.

READ | Cuper optimistic about Egypt’s chances in World Cup despite Salah injury

“Mohamed Salah can surely make the difference with any team he plays for,” the Argentinian coach told the press after the game. “We’re working around his absence and the adaptation of players to what we’re doing is going well.”

Mohamed El-Shennawy, Saad Samir, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Sam Morsy, and Marwan Mohsen were among the changes to the starting line-up against Colombia.

“Fasting affected the performance of the players in a way,” he added. “We’re trying with our nutrition specialists to avoid any negative effects of not drinking water for a long time.”

Cuper said that Colombia are a big team and a draw was satisfying for him. He explained that he is mostly worried about the process of quickly switching from defense to offense.

Egypt’s third and final friendly will be against Belgium on June 6 before facing Uruguay at the World Cup on June 15.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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