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Cuper provides positive injury update on Salah ahead of World Cup

Cuper provides positive injury update on Salah ahead of World Cup

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Egypt manager Hector Cuper is optimistic that will catch the Uruguay game, insisting that he will not change his tactics in case of his absence.

The Pharaohs will play one last friendly before the World Cup and it will be against Belguim on Wednesday, June 6.

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They will hope to return back to winning ways after drawing with Kuwait and Colombia and losing to each of Portugal and Greece in their preparations for the tournament.

Mohamed Elneny is expected to return to action after recovering from injury, unlike Mohamed Salah, who Hector Cuper has provided positive updates on.

“Salah is recovering well. We hope he can be fit for our first game,” Cuper said in his pre-match interview.

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“All the national team players are highly competent and experienced. Football is a team sport and we will not change our tactics because of the absence of one player, despite Salah’s importance to us.

“The Belguim game is crucial to everyone in the national team. It will be beneficial to everyone before the World Cup,” he added.

Egypt’s last win came against Congo in October 2017, since then they have played five games, drawing three and losing twice.

However, they have a 100% win record against Belguim, having met them twice in 1995 and 2005, with the Pharaohs coming out on top in the two occasions.

In their first encounter, Egypt managed to win 1-0 thanks to Hazem Emam’s strike, before thrashing them 4-0 in 2005, with Emad Meteb [brace], Ahmed Eid, and Osama Hosni getting on the scoresheet.

Egypt were drawn in group A alongside hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Uruguay. They will kick off their group stage games on June 15, before facing Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25.

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