Egyptian fans will be crossing their fingers as medical staff are still unsure about whether or not talisman Mohamed Salah will be able to take to the field against Uruguay in the North African nation's 2018 Fifa World Cup opener.
The 25-year-old attacker who has enjoyed a successful season following his move to English Premier League outfit Liverpool, sustained a shoulder injury which saw him forced to leave the field during The Reds' eventual Uefa Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Ever since picking up the injury, Salah has been in a constant battle to be ready for the global showcase, and while he may yet feature in the tournament, his participation in Egypt's Group A encounter against Uruguay remains doubtful.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that Salah was present during his side’s training session on Monday, but was apparently not too involved which has led to much speculation surrounding his fitness ahead of the opener.
Nonetheless, in an interview Egypt's managing director Ehab Lehita admitted that while Salah is making good progress, he cannot confirm whether or not he will be fit to play by the time the game kicks off.
"We're keeping an eye on the situation day by day,” Lehita was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"We have been following the case since his injury in the final of Champions League. Mohamed trained in Cairo, trained yesterday and is training today. We are watching the situation closely with the doctor,” he added.
"He has daily treatment sessions on his shoulder. He trains indoors as well in the gym, and today he trained on the pitch,” he continued.
"He is gradually getting better. However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match. All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match," Lehita concluded.