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Salah 'confident' of being fit for World Cup

Salah’s final ended prematurely in Kiev on Saturday after a first-half challenge from Real captain Sergio Ramos led to the 25-year-old leaving the pitch in tears, clutching his shoulder.

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (R) is comforted by Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp as he leaves the pitch after injury during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on 26 May, 2018. Picture: AFP.

LONDON – Egypt forward Mohamed Salah said he is “confident” of being fit to play at the World Cup despite sustaining a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Salah’s final ended prematurely in Kiev on Saturday after a first-half challenge from Real captain Sergio Ramos led to the 25-year-old leaving the pitch in tears, clutching his shoulder.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said that the injury “did not look good” after the match, but Salah posted on Sunday: “It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”

On Saturday the Egyptian FA also posted on Twitter that it is “optimistic” Salah would recover in time to travel to Russia.