Mohamed Salah’s World Cup is in major doubt after the Egyptian was forced-off with a “serious injury” in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
The forward left the field in shock on 30 minutes after landing awkwardly under the challenge of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and appearing to hurt his shoulder.
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Salah’s injury was described as “really serious” by Jurgen Klopp.
“It’s a really serious injury, which is even worse. And the shock of the boys was obvious,” a beleaguered Klopp said at full-time.
Liverpool had nine shots with Salah on the pitch in Kiev and none in the remainder of the first half after he was subbed off, and Klopp added;
“Of course it was a big moment in the game. I know if you say something like that after a game and you lost, it sounds like you are a bit of a bad loser.
“But, for me, it was a harsh challenge – the arm was there. It was like wrestling a bit. And then Mo was a little bit unlucky falling on his shoulder.
“I think he is in the hospital for an X-ray. It’s either the collarbone or the shoulder itself. But it’s really not good.”
Meanwhile, the Egyptian FA tweeted that Salah had his X-ray, showing he had a “sprain in the shoulder ligaments” and that it was “optimistic” he would be fit for the Russia tournament, which starts on 14 June.
Egyptian football journalist Marwan Ahmed told BBC World Service’s Sportsworld programme:
Honestly, I think it’s a nightmare. There are no words to describe it. There was a minute of silence after we’d seen Salah go down and then when he went down the second time, we knew it wasn’t good and that he would leave the pitch.
No Egyptian wanted to see that happen, we’ve never had an Egyptian in the Champions League final. It’s really sad – I can’t find the exact words to describe it. Some people were in tears.
I hope it won’t affect his World Cup chances. He’s the greatest player in Egypt’s history, we haven’t reached the World Cup for 28 years and we’re just too close for all of our dreams to be shattered.