Egypt vs Uruguay

Egypt and Uruguay open their World Cup campaign on Friday at the Central Stadium in the second game of Group A

Egypt and Uruguay will clash against each other in the second Group A game on Friday at the Central Stadium in Ekaterinburg, in what is arguably the group’s most exciting fixture.

It will be a battle between former Liverpool star Luis Suarez, now at Barcelona, and current Reds favourite Mohamed Salah who broke multiple scoring records in his debut season at Anfield this season, netting 44 goals in all competitions.

Uruguay are overwhelming favourites heading into the match but Egypt’s chances will be highly dependent on the fitness of Salah, who sustained a severe shoulder injury during Liverpool’s Champions League final when he was pinned down by Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

While it was feared that Salah would be absent for a large portion of Egypt’s games, manager Hector Cuper confirmed that he would be fit to start the game amid injury concerns – a major boost for the Pharaohs.

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Despite early fears that star forward Mohamed Salah would miss a great chunk of Egypt’s World Cup campaign due to his shoulder injury, it was confirmed that he would be fit in time to play in his side’s group stage opener against Uruguay.

Should Salah not play the full 90, however, Ramadan Sobhi would be an immediate replacement to feature for him on the wing. Goalkeeper Hadary is the oldest player to feature in this summer’s World Cup at 45 years, and could captain Egypt at the tournament for the first time.

Lucas Torreira, a transfer target for Arsenal his summer, could earn a start against Egypt. Ex-Barcelona left-back Martin Carceres is expected to start for Uruguay, along with stars Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front.

Potential Uruguay XI: Muslera; Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira; Bentancur, Torreira; Rodriguez, Arrascaeta, Suarez; Cavani

Uruguay vs Egypt

The first of three World Cup games on Friday sees Egypt take on Uruguay in Yekaterinburg’s Ekaterinburg Stadium.

The 35,000-seater stadium is the most-eastern venue at this year’s tournament, lying on the geographical border of Europe and Asia, but all the focus in the build-up to the game has been on Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.

They have had been sweating on the Liverpool forward’s fitness after he suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final last month but there was some encouragement for Hector Cuper’s side as Salah trained with the team on Wednesday.

Manager Cuper confirmed on Thursday that Salah would feature in the squad against Uruguay for Egypt’s first World Cup appearance in 28 years, but hinted that the final decision remained with the player.
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“Salah has recovered and will play tomorrow. And nothing prevents him from competing for the title of the Golden Boot,” he told his pre-match press conference. “I assure you 100 per cent that he will be with us tomorrow, barring unforeseen circumstances.

“Doctors are giving him the option. If he does decide to play he will have full guarantee [about his condition] and I am sure that he will be fine.

“If we see at the last minute that there is an issue then we will see if it can be resolved, but certainly he does not feel afraid.”
Meanwhile, Uruguay’s attacking threat will come from Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edison Cavani.

Cavani was the top-scorer in South American qualifying for the World Cup with 10 goals, while Suarez has five World Cup goals to his name, including two against England in 2014.

Uruguay also won the only previous meeting between the sides 2-0 in 2006.
Team news

The big news is Salah’s inclusion on Friday, and appears to be assured of a starting spot. However, new Huddersfield signing Ramadan Sobhi is a replacement if needed.

Egypt could also make history by fielding the oldest player to feature at a World Cup, with 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary in the squad.
Reported Arsenal transfer target Lucas Torreira could start for Uruguay, with Suarez and Cavani expected to start up front.