Mo Salah May Be Given Additional Recovery Time
Egypt have been drawn alongside Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia in Group A at the 2018 World Cup. They will fancy their chances of progressing from this section and winger Mo Salah will be key to their chances of reaching the round of 16.
He picked up a shoulder injury against Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League final and has been unable to train with his international teammates. The 25-year-old comes off the back of a wonderful debut campaign in the Premier League, firing in 32 goals and finishing as the division’s top goalscorer. He was also awarded the Premier League Player of the Season and has been chalked up at 100/1 by 10Bet to clinch the Golden Boot in Russia.
Head coach Hector Cuper knows that his side are significantly weaker without the winger and he will be hoping to deploy Salah during his side’s opening Group A fixture against Uruguay on June 15th. However, the Pharaohs will fancy their chances of picking up three points against both Saudi Arabia and Russia and, therefore, Cuper could opt to give the former Roma man additional recovery time. Uruguay start as the 7/11 favourites with 10Bet to pick up three points in their opener and will also be expected to finish top of Group A following a productive qualifying campaign.
Salah has been pictured using an elastic band to test the strength of his left shoulder and he will be keen to join his teammates on the pitch in Ekaterinburg.
Kamil Glik to Miss Poland’s First Two Matches
Poland’s hopes of topping Group H have been dealt a blow with the news that Kamil Glik is likely to miss their opening two matches at the World Cup 2018. The Monaco defender has picked up a shoulder injury and although he’s been given the green light to participate at the tournament, he’s unlikely to start against Senegal on June 19th and will also potentially sit out of their vital clash with Colombia just five days later.
Adam Nawalka’s side have been priced up as 7/4 second favourites with Bet365 to finish top of Group H. Colombia have been chalked up as the favourites and are expected to build upon their sensational 2014 World Cup in which they reached the quarter-finals and won four of their five matches at the tournament.