Luis Suarez hopes Liverpool star Mohamed Salah can overcome injury in time for the World Cup, even though Uruguay take on Egypt in the group stages of the competition.
Salah is currently in a race against time to be fit for this summer’s tournament in Russia after suffering a shoulder injury in a heavy challenge from Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.
The 25-year-old is expected to be sidelined for around three weeks, meaning he could miss the opening group game against Uruguay but be back in time to face hosts Russia.
But Suarez is desperate for Salah to get back to full fitness in time, and knows exactly what the Liverpool star – who scored 44 times last season – is going through after undergoing knee surgery before the 2014 World Cup.
‘Regarding Salah, the reality is that no-one is happy when a colleague suffers an injury,’ Suarez told a news conference.
‘That’s especially the case when that happens in a match as it did, just before a World Cup. ‘He is in a difficult situation, but I’ve consistently said I always want to play against the best to demonstrate that Uruguay are better.
‘I would love him to have a good recovery and enjoy the World Cup. ‘He is in the same situation as me four years ago and I don’t wish this on anyone.’ Egypt take on Uruguay in Yekaterinburg on June 15, the day after the tournament kicks off, giving Salah just over two weeks to get fit in time to take on former Anfield hero Suarez.