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Salah still uncertain for Egypt opener

With his participation in the World Cup in Russian Federation called into question after a shoulder injury, Egyptian superstar Mo Salah is working hard to be fit to help his team in the opening match against Uruguay on Friday.

Former Liverpool defender and current BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson expects Uruguay to beat Egypt by just a one-goal margin on Friday.

Salah jogged for about 30 minutes on Monday as his teammates trained on the same pitch in Grozny for the match in Ekaterinburg.

Nonetheless, in an interview Egypt's managing director Ehab Lehita admitted that while Salah is making good progress, he can not confirm whether or not he will be fit to play by the time the game kicks off.

'He is doing (physiotherapy) sessions on his shoulder and working out in the gym, ' squad executive director Eihab Leheita said.

Doubts persist over Salah's fitness but the Egyptian star said from the team's base in Grozny on Monday that he was "well-prepared" for the tournament.

Egypt also face Saudi Arabia and hosts Russian Federation in Group A.

The 25-year-old was injured playing in the Champions League final with Liverpool in Kiev at the end of May.

"He is gradually getting better".

However Egypt team doctor Mohamed Abou El-Ela placed some caution on any hopes Salah will play a part against Uruguay in their Group A opener this Friday.

"Uruguay have lots of big-game experience and they will be looking to Luis Suarez to provide some star quality to go with it", he added.

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