Mohamed Salah is desperate to be fit to start Egypt‘s World Cup campaign in Russia and has undergone further strengthening tests on his injured shoulder.

The Liverpool star’s participation in Russia was thrown into doubt when he was forced off in the first half of the Champions League final just over a fortnight ago.

After tangling with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, the Egyptian landed heavily on his left shoulder and left the field in tears before watching his team-mates lose 3-1.

Mohamed Salah has his left shoulder checked out by an Egypt team physio on Tuesday

Mohamed Salah has his left shoulder checked out by an Egypt team physio on Tuesday

Mohamed Salah has his left shoulder checked out by an Egypt team physio on Tuesday

The Liverpool star is battling to prove his fitness ahead of Egypt's opener against Uruguay

The Liverpool star is battling to prove his fitness ahead of Egypt's opener against Uruguay

The Liverpool star is battling to prove his fitness ahead of Egypt’s opener against Uruguay

The Egypt FA remain hopeful he will play against Uruguay in Ekaterinburg on Friday, but admitted it was too early to say. 

‘He is gradually getting better. However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match,’ managing director Ehab Lehita said.

‘All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match.’ 

He is yet to train with his national side team-mates but was named in the 23-man squad for Egypt’s first appearance at a World Cup in 28 years.

He stepped out at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny, where Egypt are based, for training on Tuesday evening but only underwent exercises on his left shoulder.

Salah was pictured testing the strength of his left shoulder on a ball and testing his resistance with an elastic band

Salah said at the weekend he was optimistic of making Egypt's opening game with Uruguay

Salah said at the weekend he was optimistic of making Egypt's opening game with Uruguay

Salah said at the weekend he was optimistic of making Egypt’s opening game with Uruguay

The 25-year-old tests his upper body strength on a ball at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny

The 25-year-old tests his upper body strength on a ball at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny

The 25-year-old tests his upper body strength on a ball at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny

Salah tests the strength of his left shoulder by placing just one arm on the ball

Salah tests the strength of his left shoulder by placing just one arm on the ball

Salah tests the strength of his left shoulder by placing just one arm on the ball

Egypt begin their campaign on Friday against Uruguay before facing hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

EGYPT FIXTURES

June 15: Uruguay – Ekaterinburg – 1pm

June 19: Russia – St Petersburg – 7pm

June 25: Saudi Arabia – Volgograd – 3pm

Former Egypt international Mido said he expects Salah to play in the opening match.

‘We heard that he is doing alright so it’s a question of whether he will start the game or whether he will be kept for the second half,’ Mido, who earned 51 caps, told Sky Sports.

‘But anyway we have a good team, well-organised and hopefully if Salah is not there to start the game hopefully the boys will do well.

‘We want him to be involved because he worked so hard to get this team, with his team mates of course, to come to this tournament.’

Salah listens closely as he receives instructions from the physio out on the pitch

Salah listens closely as he receives instructions from the physio out on the pitch

Salah listens closely as he receives instructions from the physio out on the pitch

Salah was in high spirits as he entered with team-mates Saad Samir and Ahmed Fathi

Salah was in high spirits as he entered with team-mates Saad Samir and Ahmed Fathi

Salah was in high spirits as he entered with team-mates Saad Samir and Ahmed Fathi

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