Since then, Egypt’s fans have been tortured by the chance that their first look in the World Cup finals for 28 years could possibly be ruined by the lack of their greatest star, who netted 44 targets for Liverpool in his first season.
“We cried with him,” mentioned Samy Mikhail, an Egyptian Australian from Sydney who predicted that Egypt with out Salah would endure the identical destiny as Liverpool towards Actual.
“With out him, Liverpool collapsed. Egypt relies upon on him a lot… If he will get injured once more, it is over.”
Mikhail and his nine-year-old son Luke had been amongst a number of dozen Egyptians who cheered and chanted Salah’s title as the gamers arrived at their Yekaterinburg lodge on Wednesday night.
However some fans interviewed on the lodge and the airport had been cautious about bringing Salah again from damage too quickly.
“He’s crucial and I don’t assume we should always danger him in the primary match. It’s higher to let him relaxation. Our efficiency will likely be 60-70 p.c with out him,” mentioned one supporter, Mohamed Mohsen.
“He’s a hero to the nation and also you wouldn’t need to danger his well being going ahead. It’s an enormous loss if he doesn’t play however he’s actually beloved in Egypt and no person would need to see him damage,” mentioned one other, Mohamed Shehata.
Whether or not he performs or not, there is no such thing as a doubting the dedication of the Egypt fans who’ve travelled from all over the world to Yekaterinburg, 1,760 km (1,100 miles) east of Moscow.
“It took 44 hours to come back over right here,” mentioned Mohamed Kemal from Houston, Texas. “And I’m right here for the group and we’re going to be very loud in the stadium on Friday.”
Egypt play Uruguay in the opening Group A recreation on Friday.
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