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Hector Cuper criticizes Sergio Ramos on Salah comments

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national team manager Hector Cuper criticized after his comments on Mohamed Salah’s injury in the UEFA Champions League final.

Ramos was the reason Salah got off in the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool which saw the former bring the trophy home with a 3-1 win. Madrid’s victory saw Salah subbed off with injury after tough contact with Ramos which caused him shoulder injury.

Cuper criticized the Madrid captain after he justified that Salah’s injury wasn’t that serious and that he could have continued playing in spite of his bad shoulder. The Argentinian manager expressed his dismay in a press conference shooting back at Ramos.

Ramos said that with an injection he could have played the second half,” Cuper responded “I’m not a doctor, I don’t know if Ramos is a doctor, but it’s a player who is playing a final and has an injury, I’ve no doubt he would keep playing if it was possible. This is a Champions League final, something extraordinary that does not come around again in your life.

“My opinion is that Salah has an important injury and is now recovering, we are optimistic that he can play at the . Many things are said, but the reality is what the doctors confirm.”

Speaking about Egypt’s chances at the World Cup, Cuper said that the team is bigger than one name and that Salah’s absence won’t affect the Pharaohs.

“We hope we won’t be affected, we try to be the same team, we can’t be dependent on one player,” he said. “He’s important but if he’s not fit in time we will be ready with another player.”

“Salah is in a stage of recovery not just for treatment on his shoulder. We need to improve his demeanour and his fitness level because the injury has prevented him from training as a normal player. But we have very good news from our doctor, we hope he will be with us before Uruguay. We are optimists and we are waiting for him.”

Cuper concluded by saying that this is football and that these things [injuries] can happen to any player but he was hopeful that Salah will be back before the beginning of the tournament.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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