Mohamed Salah's participation in Egypt's Fifa World Cup opener remains in doubt

However, Salah did some light running in Grozny on Monday, monitored by medical staff, as the other Egypt players took part in a group warm-up.

The Pharaohs will face Uruguay in their World Cup opener on Friday, one day after hosts Russia's clash with Saudi Arabia.

However, Salah expressed reassurance and high hopes on Sunday, "I'm excited".

"Even if Salah is at his best, it is going to be hard for Egypt to get out of this group, in their first World Cup since 1990".

Footage by RT's Ruplty video agency showed Salah training individually with a physical therapist at the stadium in the Chechen capital, Grozny, which the Egyptian national team chose to base its camp during the tournament.

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The Egypt global enjoyed a stellar debut season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals and registering 14 assists in 53 appearances in all competitions.

Uruguay are the favourites in Group A, which also includes hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, who kick off the World Cup on June 14.

And though he looked to be out of the World Cup with his injury, picked up when he and Sergio Ramos both fell to ground in a grapple-like coming together, the former Chelsea man is thought possibly fit to start the opening game of Egypt's campaign, and even declared himself as "ready" recently.

Muslera, who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray, shrugged off travel fatigue being a problem, saying Uruguay had five days to prepare for the game. The opening match will take place with Russian Federation on 19 June.

  • Lawrence Cooper