Salah return stands in Russia's road to last 16

Salah return stands in Russia's road to last 16

Salah return stands in Russia's road to last 16

Cheryshev's son, former Real Madrid midfielder Denis, will be hoping to line up against Salah in midweek after stepping off the bench to bag a brace in a 5-0 mauling of Saudi Arabia.

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told reporters after attending Sunday's training sessions that players knew the importance of Tuesday's showdown with the Pharaohs in Saint Petersburg. Russia's game is fateful and hard because of our defeat against Uruguay.

"Matches with Salah and without him differ a lot, of course".

World Cup hosts Russian Federation have been fueled by the criticism they received before the tournament, midfielder Anton Miranchuk said on Sunday as the team prepared for their second group match against Egypt.

"Yesterday we were quite certain that he would play".

A close ally of President Vladimir Putin, Mutko oversaw preparations for the tournament at a cost of more than $13 billion.

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Two victories from their first two matches would guarantee Russia's qualification for the knockout stage and a possible matchup against either Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal of high-octane Spain.

However, Salah looks set to return to action for Egypt's vital second group game, against the host nation, although previous insistence that he would play against Uruguay will plant seeds of doubt in many minds.

The Pharoah's started their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign today with a 0-1 defeat against Uruguay.

Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.

The brief celebration took place upon the team's arrival back in their Grozny hotel after the flight from Yekaterinburg, where they played their opening match.

However, the 29-year-old declined the official trophy that went with the designation because its sponsorship by Budweiser conflicted with his Muslim beliefs.

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