Egypt’s Salah remains doubtful for WCup opener on Friday

Egyptian national soccer team player and Liverpool's star striker Mohammed Salah enters a bus after arriving with the Egypt national soccer team at an airport outside Grozny, Russia, Sunday, June 10, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

GROZNY, Russia (AP) Mohamed Salah will be given until the last moment to prove he’s fit to play in Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday.

Salah injured his left shoulder on May 26 in the Champions League final.

”Maybe he could start on the bench, but a final decision has not been made yet,” the Pharaohs’ team doctor, Mohamed Abouelela, told The Associated Press on Monday.

Salah jogged for about 30 minutes on Monday as his teammates trained on the same pitch in Grozny for the match in Ekaterinburg.

”He is doing (physiotherapy) sessions on his shoulder and working out in the gym,” squad executive director Eihab Leheita said. ”We hope he will be with us for the Uruguay match.”

Leheita said a physiotherapist from the medical staff of Salah’s Liverpool club was at Grozny to help, and denied the English club was pressuring the Egyptians not to play Salah before he is fully fit.

”We will not pressure Mohamed. At the end, he is our son,” Leheita said.

After Uruguay, Egypt takes host Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.

It’s Egypt first World Cup since 1990.