WC 2018: Salah doubtful even after Egypt training

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Egypt kick off their Group A campaign against Uruguay before facing hosts Russian Federation on 19 June and Arab Gulf side Saudi Arabia on 25 June.

"He's prepared a lot".

Luis Suarez has "matured a great deal" and is primed to lead Uruguay's assault on the World Cup, coach Oscar Tabarez said on the eve of their opening game in Russian Federation.

"I want there to be the possibility of this being my World Cup, after having left in the way I did in 2014", he said in a recent radio interview.

"We're trying to make him feel confident - even the doctors are giving him the option to play or not, but I know Salah very well and I'm sure he's not afraid, he's not fearful", he said. We think we are cursed, in fact.

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Luis Suarez's controversial actions in Brazil four years ago have helped the Barcelona star mature as a player, according to Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez.

"If nothing unforeseen happens, he will play", coach Hector Cuper told a news conference Thursday. "We have enormous respect for our opponents".

The 62-year-old Argentine Cuper added: "Salah is very good and he's recovered very quickly".

"We hope we won't be affected‚ we try to be the same team‚ we can't be dependent on one player‚" Cuper said. So I thought to myself: 'I have quite a few games to play before the end of the season, I can break the all-time record!'.

He had been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, casting severe doubt on his World Cup participation. "I really enjoyed his performance". We are not going to change our system because of him.