Egypt and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah suffered a shoulder injury in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final, which has made his participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup a major doubt, because of not keeping a Ramadan fast, a Kuwaiti preacher has astonishingly claimed.
During the holy month of Ramadan (May 18-June 14 approximately), Muslims are not allowed to eat or even drink water from sunrise to sunset and according to Mubarak al-Bathali, ‘God punished him (Salah)’ for not keeping the fast.
Liverpool had, in the build-up to the clash in Kiev, confirmed that their top-scorer would not be fasting on the day of the final.
Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos brought down Salah in a controversial manner, and as the two tumbled to the floor, the winger fell awkwardly on his arm and reportedly dislocated his shoulder.
Despite immediate medial aid from the Liverpool physios, Salah was unable to continue and exited the field in tears, much to the dismay of footballing fans tuned in to watch the biggest club game of the year.
And while the Reds slumped to a 1-3 loss to Los Blancos, the growing concern was about Salah’s recovery as the World Cup is set to kick off on June 14.
Experts have claimed the prolific winger might miss the first week of the quadrennial showpiece, but should be able to be fit for the second game of the Pharaohs.
Egypt, drawn in Group A with hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia.
They open their campaign with a tie against Uruguay (June 15), before taking on the hosts (June 19) and eventually concluding their group-stage journey with a tie against Saudi Arabia (June 25).
As the Egypt FA confirmed the 25-year-old will take part at the World Cup, it looks like Salah will be fit in time but realistically speaking, perhaps the opener comes to soon for him.
source : thestatesman