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Why I'm sure I'll be ready to fire for Egypt at World Cup despite injury nightmare, explains Mo Salah

By Carl Markham

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is "confident" he will be available for Egypt in this summer's World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury in the Champions League final.

The Reds' 44-goal top scorer was forced off midway through the first half of Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid due to the injury sustained in a tangle with Sergio Ramos.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feared it could rule Salah out of the World Cup, which starts in less than three weeks, but the player has posted a positive message on Twitter.

"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," the 25-year-old posted.

"Your love and support will give me the strength I need."

The match was goalless when Salah was taken off, although Klopp's side were in the ascendancy.

Liverpool's players struggled to adjust and Real took advantage, eventually running out winners partly thanks to two errors by goalkeeper Loris Karius and a stunning overhead kick by Gareth Bale. Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admitted the injury to Salah so early in the contest affected their performance.

"I think it was a big blow for us, it seemed like a big blow for us the way we reacted after his injury," he said.

Egypt's team doctor Mohamed Abou El-Ela said that, according to information from Liverpool's medical staff, Salah has sustained only ligament damage.

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