The Pharoahs’ talisman was set upon by a fan as he departed Egypt’s team bus with the supporter taking his phone out to request a selfie.
In the process, the supporter embraced Salah and placed his hand on his shoulder, before the Liverpool star sought evasive action as he appeared in discomfort.
Mohamed Salah was forced to take evasive action after an Egypt fan grabbed his shoulder
A security guard promptly intervened and escorted Salah safely past the supporters gathered by the team bus and into a nearby facility.
The hopes of the north African nation are resting on Salah’s shoulders with the start of Egypt’s World Cup campaign now just four days away.
Salah faces a battle to be fit in time for Friday’s opener against Uruguay as he attempts to recover from the injury he sustained while playing for Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Egypt’s official line is that they are hopeful Salah will be available but coach Hector Cuper insisted his side must learn not to depend on the forward.
Salah was departing Egypt’s team bus before the supporter came over to ask for a selfie
Salah removed the fans’ hand off his shoulder and was then escorted safely through the crowd
‘It’s difficult to find anyone who can replace Salah,’ Cuper said. ‘But we have a substitute plan, because the team cannot depend on just one player.’
Salah revealed last week that Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos sent him a message to apologise for the challenge that resulted in the shoulder injury.
The 25-year-old had left the Kiev pitch in tears after the incident as he realised his World Cup hopes had been placed in jeopardy by Ramos’ cynical challenge.
The hopes of a nation rest on Salah’s shoulders with Egypt’s opening game four days away
And Salah suggested he was not yet ready to forgive the Madrid skipper and has not accepted Ramos’ apology in an interview with Spanish outlet Marca.
‘It was (the worst moment of my career),’ Salah told Marca. ‘When I fell to the ground, I had a mixture of physical pain and a lot of worry. Also anger and sadness for not being able to continue playing the Champions League final.
‘Moments later, I also thought about the possibility of not playing in the World Cup and that was a devastating thought. He sent me a message, but I never told him it was OK.’