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Egypt coach Hector Cuper couldn't say for certain whether Mohamed Salah's absence was the thing cost his team during its 1-0 loss to Uruguay at the World Cup.

Leheta said: "Salah participated in training with his team-mates for the entire session and he is ready to play against Russian Federation according to technical staff".

Egyptian defender Ahmed Fathy and Uruguay's Luis Suarez vie for the ball in their Group A opener in Yekaterinburg on Friday. Despite their missing offensive centerpiece, the Egyptian side held firm for the entirety of the game, limiting Uruguay's chances and stifling them just as a goal looked like it might be on the horizon. "Winning is our only choice".

Perched atop the cake was what appeared to be a replica of the golden boot won by Salah as the Premier League's top scorer this season.

From 1970 until Friday, Uruguay had lost three games and drawn another three in its opening World Cup games.

Salah has failed to make the starting line-up in the match today, having recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final last month.

"I can nearly assure you 100 per cent he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute", said Egypt's coach, Hector Cuper.

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The Argentine coach explained that he expects Salah to be back ahead of their next game against hosts Russian Federation.

"We'll see great players here and he can be the greatest player [of all] at this World Cup".

Uruguay now has three points in Group A, but still trails Russian Federation on goal difference after the host nation's 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

"Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch, the outcome would have been different but we can't know that", Cuper told reporters.

In the history of football we have broken a spell.

Cameras captured Sala regretfully reacting after Jose Giminez scored at the death to deny the Pharaohs at least a share of spoils, in their first World Cup match since 1990.

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