Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is set to realize his World Cup dream after the Egyptian FA revealed they expect the forward to be fit inside three weeks.
Salah was left sweating on his availability for next month's finals in Russia after suffering a shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday.
The 25-year-old was in tears when substituted after half-an-hour following a tangle with Real skipper Sergio Ramos, and departed the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium with his left arm in a sling.
There was then confusion over the player's availability, with the Egyptian national team tweeting on Saturday they were “optimistic” Salah would fit, although Turki Al-Sheikh, the former honorary president of Egyptian club Al-Ahly, claimed the following day that the player would be out for two months.
Liverpool physio Ruben Prons said on Wednesday that Salah could be out for a month, but now the Egyptian FA have released a statement saying the absence would be three weeks.
That would leave Salah a major doubt for Egypt's first Group A game against Uruguay a fortnight on Friday, but in contention for their next match against hosts Russia on Tuesday, June 19.
The statement read: “Egyptian Football Federation (HFA) president Hani Abu Reda met with the national team coach, accompanied by Dr. Mohamed Abul-Ela, today with the national team and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the Spanish city of Valencia on the sidelines of Salah's treatment and rehabilitation there, according to his medical team.
“The delegation of the national team briefed on the therapeutic program for the player who is walking well and aims to join them in the World Cup, as well as the determination and determination of the great player to catch up with his team-mates.
“For his part, Mohamed Abu El-Ela said the period of absence of Salah due to injury will not exceed three weeks.”