Mohamed Salah says he will be ready to feature in Egypt’s World Cup opener amid fears over his fitness heading into the tournament.
The Liverpool forward is currently recovering from the suspected dislocated shoulder that saw him forced off in the first half of last month’s Champions League final.
His injury had sparked concerns over his availability for the finals in Russia, with early expectations being that he would miss his nation’s first game against Uruguay.
Speaking to Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Salah said: “I promise you I will do my best to be ready for the World Cup and to achieve the Egyptian dream.”
“I feel much better now and I’ll be ready to play against Uruguay. I will never give up on our dream, I promise to do my best for our people.”
Salah enters world football’s most prestigious competition with the hopes of an entire resting on his shoulders on the back of his extraordinary season on Merseyside.
It was his penalty in stoppage time against Congo in the qualifiers that booked Egypt a place at their first World Cup since 1990.
The stage is set in Russia for Liverpool’s talisman to re-allign his majestic rise following a cruel end to his night in Kiev just two weeks ago.