Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will not start for his country in their World Cup opener against Uruguay, the Egyptian federation has announced.
Salah, 26, injured shoulder ligaments in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26 and has not played since.
On Thursday, Egypt boss Hector Cuper said he could “almost assure” media that Salah would “100%” play.
Cuper said Salah was “doing very well” and had recovered “very, very quickly” from his injury.
— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018
He added: “We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the options to play or not. I know Salah very well, he’s not fearful, we always know we’re running a risk when playing a match, that’s something we can’t hide.
“But if he does decide to play he’ll have full guarantees on his physical condition and I’m sure he will be fine. And if it does turn out there’s an issue at the last minute we’ll consider it and see if it can be resolved.”
— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was named in the starting lineup for Uruguay in attack along with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.