Liverpool ace Salah: Drogba urged me to break Prem record

The 25-year-old Salah has not played since injuring his left shoulder in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month.

GROZNY: Mohamed Salah, a star attraction ahead of football´s 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, has made headlines for a smiling photo with Ramzan Kadyrov, strongman of Chechnya where his Egypt team have set up camp.

While Salah has talked up his hopes of starting against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg, Ehab Lehita, the Egyptian FA's managing director, said: "We're keeping an eye on the situation day by day".

Ever since picking up the injury, Salah has been in a constant battle to be ready for the global showcase, and while he may yet feature in the tournament, his participation in Egypt's Group A encounter against Uruguay remains doubtful.

"We have been following the case since his injury in the final of Champions League". He trains indoors as well in the gym, and today he trained on the pitch.

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

Team doctor Mohamed Abou al-Ela admitted the striker, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool this season, was unlikely to play in Egypt's opening Group A match against Uruguay on Friday.

However, his World Cup dreams were almost crushed after the Egyptian suffered a shoulder injury in that very final, following what many believe was dirty play by Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos. 'We hope he will be with us for the Uruguay match'.

  • Rosalie Stanley