Salah Injury Has Egypt World Cup Backers in a Sweat
Egypt fans and backers of the Pharaohs at the World Cup will be nervously scanning news outlets for any updates on the fitness of Mo Salah.
The forward is as important to his country as he is to Liverpool, and there are likely to have been a few people happy to back Egypt in various markets when Salah hit top form for the Reds.
His 44 goals in the campaign was some achievement, but the season ended in tears for Salah when he was forced out of the Reds’ Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on account of a shoulder injury.
Seeing Salah collapsing in agony shortly after attempting to play on following a tangle with Sergio Ramos was not pleasant viewing.
The moment he fell awkwardly under challenge from Ramos it did not look good, and those fears were confirmed when he was substituted mid-way through the first half.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp suggested in the immediate aftermath of the defeat that Salah was a doubt for the World Cup. There’s not been any word on the severity of the problem, but the player took to Twitter to say he is hopeful of being fit for this summer’s big event.
“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter,” Salah said. “Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”
For all those who have had a bet on Egypt in any market, they will hope the forward’s words ring true.
The advice right now would be to hold all bets as Salah looked badly injured and Egypt’s World Cup opener with Uruguay is less than three weeks away on June 15.
Were Salah to be at full tilt for the finals, they would look excellent bets to qualify for the knockout stages. A group containing Uruguay, who are pool favourites with 188BET at 1.80, hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia should not hold too many terrors for a side who play a decent blend of attacking football under coach Hector Cuper.
But their game plan is reliant on Salah and without him they would look extremely vulnerable.
Uruguay would certainly harden as favourites for Group E were Salah to be ruled out, while the South Americans’ chances are certainly boosted on account of their first game of the tournament being against Egypt.
Salah may well make the trip to Russia, but the first game of the tournament could be a reach and defeat to Uruguay would leave the Pharaohs on the back foot and likely needing wins over Russia and Saudi Arabia to qualify – for which they are currently chalked up at 2.20 by 188BET.
Egypt are not a one-man team, but being without their superstar forward could well scupper their chances of reaching the knockout stages for the first time in their history.
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