Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is optimistic he will be able to return from the left shoulder injury he suffered against Real Madrid in the Champions League final to represent Egypt at the World Cup.
“Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud,” Salah said in a tweet. “Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”
The Egyptian was expected to be a key contributor for Liverpool in the final, as he had been for them all season, but had to be substituted in the 30th minute for Adam Lallana after Madrid defender Sergio Ramos got tangled with Salah and ended up dragging him down as the pair fell to the ground.
Liverpool lost 3-1 as the Spanish side took home its third Champions League title in a row.
After the match, Ramos tweeted his well wishes for Salah to recover quickly. “Sometimes football shows you it’s [sic] good side and other times the bad. #GetWellSoon @MoSalah.”
Salah is in the midst of a magical season, having scored 10 goals during the Champions League as well as 32 goals in the English Premier League. Missing the World Cup would be a horrible way to cap it off.
Egypt begins its campaign on June 15 against Uruguay, before facing Russia on the 19th and Saudi Arabia on the 25th.