By now we are all aware that Mohamed Salah’s presence at the 2018 World Cup is in doubt after Liverpool’s Egyptian winger left the Champions League final after 30 minutes with a shoulder injury.

Salah was pulled down by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and fell awkwardly on his left shoulder:

But Salah is “confident” that he will be able to make his World Cup debut.

“I’m a fighter, he wrote on social media Sunday. “Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”

After the match, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about the severity of the injury. “Very,” Klopp said when asked how serious the injury was. And when asked whether Salah’s World Cup was in jeopardy: “Yes, it is. Anything is possible, [but] it does not look good.”

Egypt’s team doctor, however, after communicating with Liverpool’s medical staff, and after X-Rays were taken, expressed optimism that Salah would be fit for Russia. And Egypt’s minister of youth and sport reportedly confirmed Salah would recover in time for the World Cup:

“Salah will need 2 weeks to recover from injury. The player will go back to England for treatment before linking up with the National team in Italy later. He has also confirmed that Salah will be in the final squad announced on 4th of june.

The Pharaohs kick off their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Uruguay.

He had initially tried to stay in Saturday’s game after being dragged down by Ramos, but was down on the field again a minute or two after re-entering. He knew he could not continue. There was agony all over his face. He was in tears as he walked off the field:

Here is wishing Salah a quick recovery

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