Salah facing fitness test ahead of Russia tie

Cherchesov stated: "I trust my players and what they are capable of doing, whether Salah plays or not".

A shoulder injury kept Salah out of Egypt's opening game against Group A favourites Uruguay, in which the team from north Africa were beaten 1-0.

Standing in their way could be Salah, but his availability has been a headache for Egypt ever since he injured his shoulder during a tussle with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final last month.

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Speaking ahead of Tuesday's match in St Petersburg, Cuper again put himself at odds with his federation by insisting final medical checks must be carried out, although he expects Salah to face hosts buoyed by a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has assured that striker Mohamed Salah is in good condition; however, he did not clarify if their star man will play in their country's upcoming match against Russian Federation.

Cavani is quoted as saying by Metro: "I took Salah's shirt as a gift for my children, who also see him as a star". We are ready to stop Salah and we will do this.

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"But we aren't playing against one player, we have to take into consideration all the players". He is a team player and that at least for me is extremely important now.

The hosts entered the World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the competition and expectations surrounding their chances at the tournament were subdued, but captain Igor Akinfeev said the mood had improved considerably after their first victory. We're joking with each other, we are a little bit more relaxed. "I'm sure he will be able to play". "We should be united to win".

Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy says his team-mates have nothing to fear - with or without Salah.

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