Egypt hurt by Mohammed Salah injury as World Cup journey ends with another loss

A FIFA official speaks to Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah after the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS

MOSCOW- Talisman and star player  Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury after the UEFA Champions League final, was a dark cloud over Egypt’s World Cup campaign and it showed they were quickly eliminated despite having high hopes of making an impact on their return to the finals after a 28-year absence.

His participation in the World Cup was uncertain after the shoulder injury and a lot of pressure weighed on him as he hold the nations hopes to go far in the tournament.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper, whose good pre-tournament preparations in Switzerland were halted by Salah as the striker battled to be fit for Russia, he said, “It would have been a lot more desirable to have had him with us as we prepared.”

Even though the forward scored in the two games he appeared, the teams fate was sealed after their second loss against Russia.

The over reliance on the brilliant 26 year old forward has become very clear for the Egyptian side and now the team heads back home after a disappointing campaign and a country club league that is in turmoil.

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