Mohamed Salah still a doubt for World Cup opener against Uruguay

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Egypt have played down the claims made by forward Mohamed Salah that he will be ready for their first match at the World Cup against Uruguay.

"I can not say what we're going to reach, but the players' ambitions are high and I hope we get a good result".

Doubts persist over Salah's fitness but the Egyptian star said from the team's base in Grozny on Monday that he was "well-prepared" for the tournament.

"Salah is getting better". 'We hope he will be with us for the Uruguay match'.

Salah teased the camera with a suggestive wink as speculation mounts regarding whether he will be fit enough in time for Egypt's crunch opening game against Uruguay on Friday.

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"He still feels pain... this type of injury needs a recovery period of three weeks before going back to the field", said Abou al-Ela.

Salah shot to football super-stardom after he presented an exceptional season with both Liverpool and the Egyptian National Team, sweeping awards such as the Golden Boot.

The South American side is expected to top their group, and Lawrenson believes that it will be hard for Egypt to advance to the round of 16, predicting hosts Russian Federation to finish behind Uruguay.

"FIFA's decision to use Grozny for a World Cup team camp is absolutely shocking and outrageous", Human Rights Watch associate director Jane Buchanan told The Associated Press earlier this year.

Following an exhausting 16-hour flight, the team faces another four hours on a plane for the game against Egypt, which will be played in Ekaterinburg.

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