Egypt vs Uruguay: 5 things to look forward to as Salah returns

Mohamed Salah

Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (left) and Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani react after the former missed a chance during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A match against Egypt at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 15, 2018.

Egypt will train at Krestovsky Stadium on Monday evening ahead of Tuesday's match against Russian Federation, who opened the tournament with a 5-0 trashing of Saudi Arabia in Moscow.

Thankfully for Egyptians and fans all over the world, Mohamed Salah is expected to be able to play in the group stage, although his effectiveness is still up in the air after suffering an injury in the Champions League final.

Importantly, this will be the third consecutive World Cup appearance for Uruguay's star players like Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin. This is by far the toughest test of the group for Egypt, so the best course would be to survive with a healthy squad and respectable differential and prepare for Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

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Indeed it was a huge relief for Uruguay after a catalogue of near misses.

There were positive signs in their first friendly in March though, with a Mohamed Salah goal giving them a surprise lead against Portugal, but the European champions roared back with two stoppage-time goals from Cristiano Ronaldo to turn the match on its head and secure a 2-1 win.

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"The experience today will help us grow, but we can't make too much of it", Tabarez said in his post-match interview.

Salah's absence came as a surprise after coach Hector Cuper had said on Thursday he was nearly 100 percent certain to play. "We played a very good game against a very strong opponent but we conceded a goal from a set-piece", Cuper told beIN Sports in a side-pitch interview after the match. Salah will have an important role for us in the future matches. "We always know we're running a risk when playing a match, that's something we can't hide [from]".

The 62-year-old Argentine added: "Salah is very good and he's recovered very quickly". The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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