Mohamed Salah to start for Egypt in return from injury

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Russian Federation will finish group play on Monday against Uruguay in Samara, while Egypt will finish against Saudi Arabia that same day in Volgograd. "They are my strength and the driver for my creations".

While Russia coasted home with a 5-0 margin against Saudi Arabia, Egypt will provide a much tougher test. It would take a mighty Saudi Arabia upset and a huge swing in goal difference to stop them advancing and their involvement at least until the end of June lends the tournament a boost in terms of local interest.

"Liverpool uses Salah properly, here, in the Egyptian national team, things will be different".

The Liverpool attacker returns to the Pharaohs' starting XI following the shoulder injury he picked up in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid, but the Egyptians will have wished he was available for their first game, which they lost 1-0 to Uruguay.

If he is match fit, Russian Federation will be hard pressed to stop him helping Egypt to their first victory at a World Cup.

His presence in the starting line-up after sitting out Friday's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay provoked a feverish excitement from the thousands of Egyptian fans that poured into the 65,000-capacity Saint Petersburg stadium to nearly even up the numbers in the stands with the hosts. The superstar goal scorer didn't play in the first group stage game. "We are studying Egypt and we should be able to exploit their weaknesses".

Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and can not afford another slip up.

Mo Salah, who was included from the start, pulled a goal back from the penalty spot with 17 minutes left, but it will take an unlikely series of results to prevent the hosts from progressing while Egypt's tournament is probably over after two straight defeats. Egypt, nevertheless, put on a good performance as Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Shenawy won "Man of the Match" award, despite a late goal from Uruguay.

Does Russia clinch a quarterfinal berth, or can Egypt get the upset? At Egypt's recent training camp in Grozny, Salah reportedly required the help of his team-mates to pull on his top.

Many believe Cuper's decision not to play Salah against Uruguay may have cost him the match.

Oddschecker also indicates Salah remains one of the favourites to score his country's first goal in the competition, being given 4/1 chances of scoring a goal against the hosts.

It comes amid a World Cup of shocks thus far.

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