CAIRO: Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool and Egyptian star who is having a purple patch, will travel to Spain on Tuesday for treatment on the injured shoulder that ruined his Champions League final bid and put World Cup participation in jeopardy.
Egypt’s football federation (EFA) said Salah’s entourage had chosen Spain for a rehabilitation programme that Egyptians will hope helps Salah return in time for next month’s World Cup in Russia.
Mohammad Salah will be accompanied by Liverpool’s management as per EFA’s statement.
Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season in all competitions, he was forced out of the big Champions League final in tears in his eyes on Saturday holding his left shoulder after being wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
Liverpool’s boss Jurgen Klopp had termed the injury as serious and his participation in World Cup, which is to be played from June 14 to July 15, was feared.
However, Salah announced through his Twitter account that he is confident about his recovery and will feature his national side.
“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud,” Salah wrote on his official Twitter account on Sunday.
Egyptian media reported Salah wouldn’t kick a ball in anger for three weeks.
Egyptian federation officials meanwhile are set to pay Salah — described by the EFA as “the symbol of Egypt” — a morale-boosting visit on Wednesday.
Egypt, who were drawn in Group A, open their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on June 15, before facing hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.
The Pharaohs play a first warm-up match, against Colombia, in Bergamo, Italy on June 1.