Mohamed Salah says he is “confident” of appearing at the World Cup with Egypt despite appearing to dislocate his shoulder in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Salah left the field in tears midway through the first-half of Saturday’s final, after being pulled down by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp later acknowledged that it was a “serious injury”, with the club fearful he had dislocated his shoulder, which would likely rule him out of the World Cup finals.

But in an Instagram post on Sunday evening, Salah said he expects to play in Russia with the Egyptian national team.

“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter,” he wrote. 

 

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.

A post shared by Mohamed Salah (@mosalah) on May 27, 2018 at 9:34am PDT

“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.”

The World Cup begins in 17 days, with the host nation Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the first Group A match. 

Egypt’s first match, against Uruguay, takes place on the second day of the tournament.

Read more coverage on the Champions League final:

  • Miguel Delaney: The definitive read from an enthralling night
  • Jonathan Liew: The emptiness of the biggest stage
  • Ed Malyon: Why relentless Real make their own luck
  • Mark Critchley: Salah’s early exit cripples Liverpool
  • Explained: Salah’s injury and his chances of playing in Russia
  • Man marking: We run the rule over both teams in Kiev
  • Transfer talk #1: Ronaldo opens the door to shock exit
  • ​Transfer talk #2: Bale issues come and get me plea

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