Fingers are crossed in Egypt over the fitness of Mohamed Salah after his headline exit from Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev.
The Liverpool forward’s night was cut devastatingly short as he was forced off in the first-half after landing heavily on his shoulder during a challenge with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.
Salah left the field in tears and headed straight for the tunnel for further examination amid initial fears his World Cup hopes could be in jeopardy.
Commenting on the injury after the game, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s a serious injury, a really serious injury.”
“He is in the hospital for an X-ray. It’s either the collarbone or the shoulder itself. It doesn’t look good, that’s it.”
A unforgettable season for the summer signing threatens to end in heartbreak with the finals in Russia just under three weeks away.
That said, the Egyptian national team appeared to have a more optimistic take on the extent of the matter by talking up Salah’s chances of appearing at the World Cup.
تحديث | أفاد الدكتور محمد أبو العلا طبيب المنتخب أن الجهاز الطبي بنادي ليفربول قد ابلغوه بعد إجراء الآشعة على كتف صلاح وأفادت نتيجتها بأن اللاعب أصيب بجزع في أربطة مفصل الكتف وأضاف انه وفقا لهذا التشخيص عن تفاؤله بأن يلحق صلاح بالمنتخب الوطني في كأس العالم 🇪🇬💪🏽@MoSalah
— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) May 26, 2018
Speaking on their official Twitter page, they wrote: “Dr. Mohammed Abu Ola, an elected physician, reported that the Liverpool Medical Service had informed him after conducting a radiation on the shoulder of Salah and the result was that the the player was alarmed at the shoulder bands he added that according to this diagnosis he was optimistic that Salah would be attached to the national team in the World Cup.”
Salah’s premature departure proved a crushing hindrance to Liverpool’s bright start and seemingly paved the way for Real Madrid to iron over an erratic opening.
Liverpool had rattled the reigning champions in the early stages with their notoriously fierce pressing from the front to restrict Madrid’s usually gallivanting full-backs and the service to Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Two second-half mistakes from Loris Karius and a stunning goal from Gareth Bale saw Liverpool’s monumental effort in Salah’s absence cruelly come to no avail.
The clock is now ticking on Salah’s mission to get himself fit for a World Cup he booked Egypt’s place at with an injury-time winner from the penalty spot against Congo.