Salah: Coming Off Injured In UCL Final Worst Moment Of My Career

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Roberto Martinez took charge of Belgium in 2016

With Egypt having qualified for only their third ever World Cup, Salah's thoughts turned to his race against time to recover.

Salah was involved in a tussle with Ramos in the Champions League final and the Real Madrid captain seemed to have locked arms with the Egyptian in a possible judo-hold.

The matchup is a good World Cup tune-up for Egypt, which will take on Uruguay in its first World Cup match, while Belgium opens against first-time participant Panama.

"He sent me a message, but I never told him it was 'okay.' Was it a normal challenge?"

He added: "I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches".

Illustrating just how much the tournament means to his country, the winger added: "For us to qualify for the World Cup is nearly like Spain winning the title".

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The seven-time African champions will kick off their first World Cup campaign since 2000 with the 16 June match against Uruguay, and will then face hosts Russian Federation on 19 June.

Belgium hammered the final nail into Egypt's halting FIFAWorld Cup 2018 warm-up campaign with an assured 3-0 win in Brussels on Wednesday that settled some nerves among the fancied hosts, who lacked injured defensive linchpin Vincent Kompany. "Also anger and sadness for not being able to continue playing the Champions League final", he stated.

"If those players are not in the squad, Laurent will be a straight replacement", Martínez said, describing Ciman as a good fit for either injured defender.

Salah stated that for his personal goals he is mainly looking to support the team qualify by scoring goals and help the team do better in matches in general. He left the pitch in tears and it was initially feared he would be ruled out of the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer altogether with a dislocated shoulder. Their opening game against Uruguay seemed a stretch too far.

"It's hard to say, but I think our group and togetherness", he said when asked about the strengths of his national team.

"I don't think we are physically, tactically and mentally ready. and that's why the Costa Rica game will be important", he said.

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