Mido: Mohamed Salah shouldn’t have played at World Cup
Salah picked up a shoulder injury following a heavy challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the UEFA Champions League final, just weeks before the World Cup.
The injury forced the Liverpool winger to miss Egypt’s opening World Cup game against Uruguay, and has clearly affected his performances during the competition.
However, he managed to score Egypt’s only goals in the World Cup against Russia and Saudi Arabia, but despite that Mido feels Salah was ‘rushed’ back to play and should never have been allowed to feature in the competition.
“We were also unlucky that Salah got injured at the Champions League final just before the World Cup,” Mido told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“I think he shouldn’t have played at the World Cup. It’s easy to say that now. When you have a shoulder injury, they are very difficult.
“Once you get hit on it again, you have it again. I think he shouldn’t have played at the World Cup.
“I think they rushed him in but he wanted to play. It’s a big honour to play at the World Cup, especially for a player from Egypt because we hadn’t qualified in 28 years.
“There was a lot of pressure on him and I felt sorry for him sometimes as I knew he wanted to do something big but he was not fit, he was not fit,” he added.
Mido was also asked if Salah has a chance to win the Ballon d’Or one day, and he replied: “Why not? To win the Ballon d’Or you need to do well with the national team.
“He’s been very unlucky with the national team. We’ve been really bad at the World Cup,” Mido concluded.
Mohamed Salah has scored in Liverpool’s opening league game of the season against West Ham, and his side’s next game will be against Crystal Palace on Monday, August 20.
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