Egypt fans’ morale has been boosted by the news that Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah will play in the game after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, which spread fears that the player would miss the World Cup.
His comeback has been hinted at by the sportswear giant, Adidas, who tweeted a video featuring Salah, with the caption: “Tomorrow. 100 million strong.”
…and then tweeted by the player himself:
Salah’s fans, who view him as the squad’s talisman, have voiced their hopes that his return will boost the team’s performance during the upcoming game after the striker was forced to miss the match with Uruguay, which ended in defeat for Egypt.
Mo Salah!!!!! Go get them, make Africa proud.— afagha emmanuel (@excelafagha) 18 июня 2018 г.
Salah is without doubt the best player in the whole entire World ❤so why not:")— SIO FOR LIFE ♥️ (@Migaxsio20) 19 июня 2018 г.
We will be behind you to support you, underneath you to lift you, and beside you to overcome anything. ربنا معاكم.— saamer (@sherifamer) 18 июня 2018 г.
Mo Salah do it today. Do for Africa. Do it for Egypt. Do it for your fans. pic.twitter.com/AVobSvB6FC— KELVIN NG'ANG'A 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪 (@Lewanjoksi) 19 июня 2018 г.
The footballer emphasized that it was hard to tell the reason for the injury since he had been training properly, and stated that he would resume training sessions in the gym and start doing some exercises.
In the meantime, fans have been trying to predict the result of the forthcoming match and bet odds and tips on Twitter:
If Russia makes it out of this group and Egypt doesn’t I’m fighting strangers in the street— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) 15 июня 2018 г.
I'm going for #RUSEGY to have the most goals in them. ✔✔— Zaid Abdullahᴿᵃᵃᶻᶦ (@Zaaid08) 19 июня 2018 г.
Both teams with great attacking flair and the return of Mo Salah to the Egyptian starting XI should make it a feisty encounter.
Predicting Russia 2-1 Egypt ✅@OnePlus_IN pic.twitter.com/OZDE9gPb1m
I think this game will end in a draw. If Russia draw they are virtually through to the next round. I think they'll keep things tight and make life difficult for Egypt.— Diary of a Pro Gambler 📈💰🚀 (@MMA_Betting) 19 июня 2018 г.
More bets on today’s games!— Will Davies (@Will_MUFC_) 19 июня 2018 г.
Colombia 🇨🇴 2-0 Japan 🇯🇵
Poland 🇵🇱 0-1 Senegal 🇸🇳
Russia 🇷🇺 2-1 Egypt 🇪🇬
What if I told you that Egypt will either draw or lose against Russia? They won't win.— ⓫Abdallah M.⓫🇵🇹 (@Abdallah_rm11) 19 июня 2018 г.
If Salah plays, they have a good chance. Egypt has a good squad. They're playing for their life in this #WorldCup later today. Will be a good match v Russia.— Lucas Chaves (@lucaschavesdm) 19 июня 2018 г.
Very optimistic that Egypt will win the match against Russia https://t.co/aej5h7LwYm— bakare (@lasuzzy) 19 июня 2018 г.
Another prediction will be made by Achilles, a snow-white cat oracle for the FIFA World Cup, living at St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, later on Tuesday – its two previous forecasts, made during the 2017 Confederations Cup proved true.
Russia will take on Egypt at the 64,000-seat St. Petersburg Stadium at 9:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. GMT).