Egyptian footballer and Liverpool forward Mohammad Salah will travel to Spain on Wednesday for treatment of his injured shoulder. The Egyptian Football Federation announced that his rehabilitation program started on Sunday. The 44-goal scorer for the Reds was forced out of the Champions League final on Saturday after he tangled with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. After this, he reported sprained ligaments in the shoulder and was taken out of the field midway.
Salah tweeted to his fans on Sunday, saying that he is confident about being available for the Egyptian National team as they go into their World Cup campaign in Russia. He wrote, “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. Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”
The player will be heading to Spain on Wednesday and will be accompanied by Liverpool medics, Egyptian team doctor and the head of the Egyptian Federation.
The Federation issued a statement, noting, “Mohamed Salah began his treatment programme on Sunday, when he confirmed in a telephone conversation with the technical and administrative staff of the team he was in high spirits and determined to return quickly to the ranks of the team.”
Earlier, during the final match against Madrid, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared concerned about Salah’s injury. The injury could be serious and the club was afraid that he even could have dislocated his shoulder. He said that the player may not be able to recover fully for the World Cup, which will start in June. Egypt will be facing Uruguay in their first match, scheduled on the second day of the tournament. Placed in Group A, they will face Russia and Saudi Arabia in the next two matches.
The national team is positive that Salah will recover quickly. The official twitter account of the team said, “Dr Mohammed Abu Ola, an elected physician, reported that the Liverpool Medical Service had informed him after conducting a radiation on the shoulder of Salah… according to this diagnosis he was optimistic that Salah would be attached to the national team in the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Ramos is being accused of deliberately hurting the Mo during the match. He shrugged off all these accusations saying, “Football teaches you the sweetest face at times and the bitterest of others. First of all, we are partners. Early recovery, Salah. The future awaits you. Sometimes Football shows you it’s good side and other times the bad. Above All, we are fellow pros.”
For his home country, the football campaign means more than just a victory. The government is trying to bring Egypt back on the world map as a country open for tourism. They believe that the country’s tourisms sector that have gone down to the abyss due to political instability can finally be revived. The team could be displaying the posters of their top tourist destinations on the tour bus and planes in Russia. Salah’s presence could help in bringing more eyeballs to their campaign.