In the middle of all the Fabinho fervor, the news about Mohamed Salah’s injury may have flown under the radar. The Egyptian has traveled to Spain for treatment as they attempt to make him available for the World Cup. Liverpool’s medics, along with members of the Egypt national team staff, will accompany the player.
In an interview, Liverpool physio Ruben Pons admitted that Salah’s recovery time could be three to four weeks, which would see him miss the whole group stage of the World Cup. The goal of the treatment is to try and see him treated and declared fit on an earlier time frame, but it seems likely that Salah will at least miss the Egypt’s opening game against Uruguay.
“Once we knew the injury we planned the treatment,” Pons said. “He is sad about what happened but he is totally focused on recovery and seeing when he can be ready. He is going to mark the recovery times, in principle it will be from three to four weeks but we are going to try to reduce those deadlines, that’s the big goal.”
Regarding the moment the injury happened — a memory that will be burned in most fans’ brains for years to come — Pons explained, “We knew that it was something serious as soon as he [Salah] fell on the ground because he never complains, we were afraid of the worst. We were in the field until the break, I was devastated, I tried to transmit calmness, I told him that nothing could be done and that he did not worry too much, it was time to look for solutions and not to regret because things did not work.”
So I guess we’re not quite done being depressed about this yet. Liverpool fans and especially Egyptians will be crossing their fingers and holding their collective breath waiting to hear some positive news coming out of Spain in the days and weeks ahead.