Cuper prepares plan B in case Salah fails to recover in time
Egypt’s national football team has a plan B in case Mo Salah’s shoulder injury fails to heal in time for the World Cup, coach Hector Cuper said yesterday, according to the Independent. Cuper didn’t name Salah’s backup, saying only that the team “will be ready with another player.” The football star made the final lineup of Egypt’s World Cup squad as he appeared to be showing positive signs of recovery from his shoulder injury. Cuper’s comments topped coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning.
Without Salah on the roster, Egypt suffered a 3-0 defeat to Belgium yesterday in the last pre-World Cup friendly, Reuters reports. The defeat does not bode well, with even Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho saying he doubts the Pharaohs can make it past the group stage, according to King Fut.
Is Salah heading to Barcelona after the World Cup? Rumors flooded the Spanish press that Mo Salah’s agents have told FC Barcelona that the Liverpool forward “would be willing” to move to the Spanish team, according to Onefootball. Reports had since been denied by the agents on Twitter.