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Doubts over the fitness of Mohamed Salah has not dissuaded fans from believing the Egyptian superstar will finish the World Cup as the top-scorer.

But Tabarez is taking nothing for granted especially since, as he noted, it has been 48 years since Uruguay won their opening game at the World Cup finals. In a group comprising hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay, arguably the weakest group in the tournament, hopes are high in Egypt that progression is a realistic possibility.

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"I can nearly assure you 100 percent he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute", said Cuper. Maybe he could also tell me if I'm going to be ready for the World Cup? The national team's doctor, Mohamed Abou al-Ela told ON Sport TV that they would soon know when Salah will be fit to play and to what extent he'll be available in Russian Federation.

Salah has been recovering from the shoulder strain he sustained in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

They say the Egypt star has no intention of heading to the Bernabeu.

"We feel great, the weather is excellent, and the temperature seems fine for us, it is ideal for constant preparation", the Egypt head coach added.

The Liverpool man has been steadily working his way back to full fitness, with Cuper telling reporters on Thursday he "can nearly 100 percent say he [Salah] will play".

"It makes you feel solidarity with him".

While Salah has talked up his hopes of starting against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg, Ehab Lehita, the Egyptian FA's managing director, said: "We're keeping an eye on the situation day by day".

"I will be very happy for him if he plays in a dream match for him, the injury was a great shame and we all felt great solidarity for him", said the 71-year-old.