Salah joins Egypt training camp, but may sit out Uruguay opener

Eden Hazard centre celebrates with Belgium teammate Yannick Carrasco after scoring Belgium's second goal against Egypt at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand  AFP

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Encircled by expectant cheers of Egyptian fans, Mohamed Salah appeared at Egypt's final pre-World Cup training session and kindled hopes he can overcome injury to aid Egypt's first shot at the tournament in almost three decades.

But Salah has been declared fit, and could feature in their opening World Cup game against Uruguay.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah turned up for Egypt training in Cairo on Saturday ahead of the Pharaohs' departure for the World Cup in Russian Federation but didn't take part.

He has been picked for the World Cup squad despite having been forced out of the Liverpool's 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in tears clutching his left shoulder.

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"When I fell to the ground, I had a mixture of physical pain and a lot of concern", he said.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Belgium's pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica, Hazard was asked if a decision to stay at Chelsea would be dependent on the managerial situation and new players being brought in. "I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches". Attempting to explain this to a European audience, Salah said: "It's the first time in 28 years that we qualified". He also boasts the title of top scorer in Europe's top five leagues in 2018, and has become the fourth African player to score more than 20 goals in one season in the English Premier League.

Despite helping the Blues win the FA Cup, Hazard admitted he was disappointed with last season's campaign and is keen for clarity about what the future holds for Chelsea next term. We want to make history and achieve something different. "That doesn't go through my head", he said.

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