Mohamed Salah fit to play barring last fitness test Egypt say

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Russia's head coach Stanislav Cherchesov, a former goalkeeper, made his sole World Cup appearance in that game.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's match in St Petersburg, Cuper again put himself at odds with his federation by insisting final medical checks must be carried out, although he expects Salah to face hosts buoyed by a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia.

Salah broke the record for most goals scored in a single 38-game Premier League season last campaign after netting 32, beating Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez's previous record of 31. "We do not play against a single player, but we know how we are going to stop him".

They were clearly shorn of creativity without talisman Salah, who coach Hector Cuper opted not to rush back into action after he recovered from a shoulder injury that he picked up in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in last month's Champions League final.

Cuper planned on starting Liverpool star Salah against Uruguay because he thought he was fully fit.

Egypt right-back Ahmed Fathi, who captained the side in the last game, has shaken off a minor muscle problem.

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After a disappointing showing at the Euros in France two years ago, the Polish forward said he was entering the tournament in a different frame of mind from 2016.

"I hope he will be fit to play, I'm sure he will be able to play". "I started preparing for the World Cup much earlier".

The South Americans have their own injury concern in the form of Brazil top scorer James Rodriguez, with the Bayern Munich midfielder nursing a calf strain.

Despite the consistent success enjoyed by the Pharaohs - Egypt have won seven Africa Cup of Nations titles, at least two more than their closest rivals Cameroon - the team has been largely missing on the biggest stage, qualifying only twice previously: 1934 and 1990.

In fact, Russian Federation have failed to win their second game at the last five World Cups - they last did it as the USSR, beating New Zealand 3-0 in 1982.

"I am absolutely buzzing, everyone on the staff is". Dries Mertens opened the scoring with a stunning volley and Romelu Lukaku bagged a second-half brace in Sochi. "It is nearly a mental blow for one team and it gives you a lot of breathing space for your first game in the tournament".

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