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GETTY Mohamed Salah could be fit to start Egypt's World Cup opener

Suarez and his team-mates were quickly back on the front foot following the restart, though, and Cavani fed his strike partner for a low drive that El-Shenawy blocked bravely.

Salah was only fit enough to be named on the bench as Hector Cuper's side took on their South American opponents on Friday afternoon.

However, Jose Gimenez's late victor secured a 1-0 win for Uruguay and left Egypt needing to win both of their matches if they are to have a chance of progressing.

Salah - who scored 44 goals in all competitions for the Reds last season - joined the rest of the Egypt squad during a training session at the Ahmed Arena in Grozny on Saturday evening.

It was one of those games in which both sets of defences came out on top.

Two-time champions Uruguay begin their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign against Egypt in a Group A clash in Ekaterinburg on Friday, June 15.

The win gave the group favourites a serious boost after Russia's shock 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia in the opening match.

A goal from Jose Maria Gimenez shocked the Pharaohs of Egypt who did well to keep Cavani and Suarez from having much space.

But his World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the final in tears after Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.

The two nations have played each other just once before, in an worldwide friendly that the South Americans won 2-0, but Friday's match is nearly impossible to predict.

According to oddsmakers, Uruguay is a -179 favorite to win on the moneyline.

Uruguay ran away as winners in their opener but would expect a better show from their attackers next when they go up against Saudi Arabia in their second game on Wednesday.

We'll score our experts just as we do in the Match Predictor - 10 points for correct result, with a bonus 20 points for getting the scoreline right too.

Will Salah help Egypt escape Group A? With a victory, Uruguay could reach the next stage with a game in hand against host Russian Federation on June 25.

He thumped the turf on 73 minutes when Elshenawy smothered at his feet, and seven minutes from the end the stopper was at it again, palming Cavani's drive over. And Cuper hinted on Thursday that it was the player who had the final say whether to play.

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