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Egypt forward Mohamed Salah should breeze through a fitness test to highlight against Russia. Liverpool's Salah sat out the 1-0 misfortune to Uruguay in the wake of harming his shoulder in a month ago's Champions League final.

"He is fit. I trust he will be fit to play. In the past match we thought he was fit however we have the last fitness test," said Egypt boss Hector Cuper. Russia will be without assaulting midfielder Alan Dzagoev after he pulled his hamstring in the opening game.

Left-back Yuri Zhirkov prepared independently on Sunday because of a minor lower leg issue, however, is probably going to be passed fit. Egypt ideal back Ahmed Fathi, who captained the side in the last diversion, has shaken off a minor muscle issue.

Protective midfielder Tarek Hamed was substituted amid Friday's annihilation with a back issue; however, the Egyptian FA has affirmed he will be fit to confront Russia.


Russia scored more goals in the first round of the 2018 World Cup than in the entire of the 2014 competition in Brazil, where they got only twice in three group matches.

Their execution against Saudi Arabia was impressive to the point that Russian President Vladimir Putin felt constrained to call head coach Stanislav Cherchesov amid his post-match question and answer session, instructing him to pass on his congrats to the players.

It wasn't exactly such a decent begin for Egypt, who were without charm Mohamed Salah as they tumbled to a late annihilation on account of Uruguay. Nonetheless, the Liverpool star is required to begin this diversion, in spite of continuous hypothesis about his fitness. At Egypt's ongoing preparing camp in Grozny, Salah apparently needed the assistance of his partners to pull on his best.

The Pharaohs are still urgently looking for a first World Cup win in what will be their 6th amusement at the finals. Concerning Russia, they last advanced to the knockout stage in 1986 under the standard of the Soviet Union, yet triumph in St Petersburg would abandon them on the very edge of a place in the knockout stage.


Russia midfielder Anton Miranchuk: "[It] looks like Salah will play against us since they require focuses.

"Obviously, he affects Egypt, yet the group is still 11 players, not one. We should perceive what Salah can do against us."

Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny: "We as a whole trust that we're ready to beat them.

"We understand this will be an incredibly intense diversion against a host country upheld by a great many fans. We are very much aware of that, yet we have no alternative other than winning, which implies we have to maintain our quiet and core interest.

"In the match against Russia, we will take the plunge since we need to remain here for whatever length of time that we can. To play in a World Cup and experience this climate is a fantasy you expectation will never end."