Egypt coach Hector Cuper has responded to Sergio Ramos’ comments on Mohamed Salah’s injury in the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Salah suffered a severe should injury after a clash with Ramos in the first half of the match that led to the Egyptian forward substitution in the Champions League final, sending shockwaves through Egypt heading into the World Cup.
Ramos in his interview claimed that Salah could have played on if he had an injection but Cuper
had a different view to what Ramos suggested.
He said "I'm not a doctor, I don't know if [Sergio] Ramos is a doctor, but it's a player who is playing a final and has an injury," Cuper
told reporters prior to Wednesday's friendly with Belgium.
Ramos reacts to Salah and Karius collision in the UCL final
"I don't have any doubt that if he could keep playing he would do it, because a Champions League final is extraordinary."
"My opinion is that Salah has an important injury, there is a recovering [process] that we can see, and we are optimistic about the chances he has to play in the World Cup," he said.
"We listen to many things, but the reality is that the doctors recover or confirm a problem in a player."
Egypt is drawn in Group A alongside side the host nation Russia and will play Uruguay on June 15th in their opening game, before they take on the host on June 19th and Saudi on the 25th of June.