Nizhniy Novgorod - Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera said Monday that he hopes Egyptian star Mohamed Salah will be fit to play when the two countries clash in their opening World Cup match on Friday.
But Cuper told reporters, "I can nearly 100 per cent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute".
Egypt's doctor said over the weekend that Salah would not play "unless he has totally recovered".
Egypt should fancy their chances of reaching the second round as aside from hard opponents Uruguay‚ they also have hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia in their pool‚ the two lowest ranked sides in the entire tournament. However, I can not confirm today that he will play in the first match.
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"One win and everything changes, players lose their focus".
"I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches", he explained.
A Russian reporter staying at Egypt's team hotel said that Salah had also been working with a trainer until after midnight following their arrival in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday.
Egypt head coach Hector Cuper says he's optimistic about Mohamed Salah being fit to play at this month's World Cup in Russian Federation. The prices are inclusive of GST and includes either a free six-month Toggle Prime plan, or a 12-month MUTV and Chelsea TV plan.