Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera fit for World Cup
Uruguay and Galatasaray goalie Fernando Muslera confirmed his full recovery after picking up an injury during his country’s preparations and spoke about his expectations regarding World Cup Group A opponents Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Egypt and Uruguay will clash on June 15 as they kick off their group stage games with the Pharaohs most probably playing without their key star Mohamed Salah.
The 31-year-old goalkeeper, who has over 95 international caps, was a starter for Uruguay at the last two World Cups, setting a record for the longest unbeaten goalkeeper during the 2010 tournament.
“The injury was more of a big deal on social media. These kinds of situations could happen in most training sessions,” he said in a press conference.
Mohamed Salah was injured after landing on his shoulder following a heavy challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the UEFA Champions League final.
Egypt FA chairman Hany Abou-Rida has confirmed that Salah will be out for up to three weeks, putting his participation against Uruguay in doubt.
“We can’t know what Egypt will look like with our without Mohamed Salah,” Muslera said. “It will be a difficult game just like all other games we will play.”
“In the group stage, winning generates confidence, and that confidence is generated from match to match, the important thing is to start with a win,” added the Argentinian-born goalkeeper.
Óscar Tabárez’s men will play only one friendly before the World Cup and it will be against Asian side Uzbekistan on June 7.