Mohamed Salah received a hero’s welcome from Egyptian fans as he appeared at an open training session ahead of the World Cup finals.
The Liverpool forward is still recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained during a tussle with Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final two weeks ago.
His swift progress since the incident has quashed initial fears over his availability for Egypt’s first appearance at world football’s most prestigious event since 1990.
Though Salah didn’t appear to play an active role in training, his presence was welcomed reassurance of his fitness ahead of his country’s trip to Russia.
It would be something of a tragedy for a man that booked his country’s place at the finals with an injury-time penalty against Congo to eventually miss out. Thankfully, it appears that won’t be the case.
Salah recently defied expectations by claiming he would be fit in time to feature in his nation’s opening Group A match against Uruguay.
With Russia and Saudi Arabia making up the remaining two spots in his group, the PFA Player of the Year will feel his team stands a realistic chance of progressing.
On the back of his 44-goal campaign for Liverpool, it would be foolish to put anything beyond Egypt’s talisman.