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LONDON, May 28, 2018 (News Wires) - A heartbroken Egypt shared a rare moment of unity Sunday: An outpouring of sympathy and love for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, and loathing for Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

The defender was accused by many Egyptian fans in the soccer-crazy nation of deliberately injuring Salah in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Egypt forward was hurt Saturday when he tangled with Ramos, who grabbed Salah chasing the ball and held on to his right arm.

In their twisting fall, Salah landed heavily on his left shoulder and exited the match in Kiev, Ukraine, after just 30 minutes. Ramos, the Madrid captain, was not shown a yellow card and the Spanish powerhouse went on to win 3-1 for its third successive Champions League title.

"Despite the odds, I'm confident that I'll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need," Salah told fans in a tweet Sunday night. Ramos may have escaped punishment in Kiev, but it came swiftly in Egypt, where Salah's fans took to social media to vent their frustration, using the Arabic language's rich repertoire of expletives to insult the Madrid veteran. 

Some offered prayers, seeking divine intervention to exact revenge on the Spanish international. "This isn't football, this is wrestling. You're the world's dirtiest player," a Salah fan claimed in a tweet addressed to Ramos.

In contrast, expressions of sympathy and support for Salah came from thousands of ordinary Egyptians, celebrities and the country's president.

"My heartfelt wishes for the Egyptian hero Mohamed Salah to recover from his injury, and I hope he will return to the field soon and remain a shining Egyptian star," President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi tweeted.

"No matter what happens, we love you and you'll never walk alone," a Salah fan wrote on Twitter, playing on Liverpool's storied motto. Another one said: "Though you weren't thereto win the match, you definitely won our hearts. We love you."

But maybe the depth of the love for Salah came from the tweet of a young man who had been imprisoned for 26 months in Egypt for simply wearing a T -shirt emblazoned with the words "a nation without torture."

"Your tears are like a fire that's burning our hearts and your belief in your dream and your resolve lead us all on the path to survival and success," wrote Mahmoud Hussein.

Egyptians fear Salah may not recover in time to lead the Pharaohs in this summer's World Cup in Russia, just as he led them to qualification for the first time since 1990.

Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz insisted Salah would be ready to play in two weeks.

Egypt has been captivated by Salah since he moved to Liverpool from Rome last summer. His image is splashed almost daily on front pages of Egyptian newspapers, his games are watched by millions and his goals spark wild celebrations.

He scored 44 goals in all competitions this season with Liverpool, a feat that shot the winger from a remote Nile Delta village to global stardom and earned him the deep gratitude of a nation fatigued by political turmoil, economic hardships and a long-running insurgency by Islamic militants.

"To us Egyptians, Mohamed Salah is not just a footballer, he's everyone's dream," tweeted a fan on Saturday night.


LONDON, May 28, 2018 (News Wires) - Egypt forward Mohamed Salah said he is “confident” of being fit to play at the World Cup despite sustaining a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Salah’s final ended prematurely in Kiev on Saturday after a first-half challenge from Real captain Sergio Ramos led to the 25-year-old leaving the pitch in tears, clutching his shoulder.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said that the injury “did not look good” after the match, but Salah posted late Sunday: “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. Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”

On Saturday the Egyptian FA also posted on Twitter that it is “optimistic” Salah would recover in time to travel to Russia.

CAIRO, May 27, 2018 (News Wires) - The diagnosis for Mohamed Salah’s injury is “instability in the shoulder joint ligaments” and the estimated duration of his treatment is two weeks, according to Egypt’s Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz.

In a post on his Facebook page, Aziz wrote that the medical team at Liverpool club contacted the medical team of the Egyptian football team and sent them X-rays, establishing an agreement on his treatment method.

It was also agreed that Salah would remain in Liverpool to receive proper treatment and rehabilitation, after which he would then join the Egyptian team camp in Italy at a later time determined by the doctors, Aziz said.

Aziz added that Salah would hopefully be in the final list of Egypt’s team at the World Cup, to be officially announced on June 4.

He stated that the faith, determination, and patriotism of Salah would help him pass this difficult period quickly.

Aziz wished a speedy and full recovery for Salah, and that he would lead the Egyptian team to glory at the World Cup.

Salah will not be available for Egypt’s World Cup warm up games against Colombia or Belgium and he will not be ready to face Uruguay in his country’s first World Cup match since 1990.

His first match in Russia will take place in St Petersburg against the hosts of the tournament.

President Sisi wishes Salah speedy recovery

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Sunday wished Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah a speedy recovery, after he had sustained a shoulder joint injury in the final of the Champions League between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

"My heartfelt wish for the Egyptian hero Mohammed Salah to recover from his injury. I hope he will return to the field soon and remain a shining Egyptian star," President Sisi said on his official Facebook page.

Salah, whose 10 Champions League goals helped lead Liverpool to the final, was hurt just before the half-hour mark after being taken down by Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, suffering a left shoulder injury before walking off the field in tears.

Mo Salah is still receiving treatment and will undergo X-ray, which will determine whether or not he will be able to take part in the World Cup.

ROME, May 27, 2018 (News Wires) - Egypt's national team's doctor said he was optimistic that Mohamed Salah could play in the World Cup, after the star striker was hurt in the UEFA Champions League final.

"Through follow ups on the phone with the national team's delegation in Italy...the officials at Liverpool said an X-ray on Salah's shoulder" showed the injury to be in the ligaments, the Egyptian Football Associated said on Twitter late Saturday.

The national team's doctor, Mohamed Abou al-Ela "expressed his optimism that Salah would make it for the World Cup matches according to this diagnosis", the association said.

This optimism contrasts with statements by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who said immediately after the game on Saturday Salah's injury was "serious".

The Egyptian Minister Youth and Sports Khaled Abd Elaziz also expressed optimism.

"Mohamed Salah, god willing, will be on the national team's final list for the World Cup, which is to be announced on June 4," Abd Elaziz said on Facebook.

Sadness and anger filled cafes where Salah's fans gathered to follow the Champions League final.

Salah had cemented his status as a national hero by leading Egypt to their first World Cup qualification in 28 years.

The team's coach, Argentinean Hector Cuper, said a month before the World Cup kick off that The Pharaohs were banking on Salah in Russia.

KIEV, Ukraine, May 27, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum admits Liverpool were rocked by the loss of Mohamed Salah in their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

The Reds were in control for the opening half hour in Kiev before their 44-goal winger was forced off by a shoulder injury after being dragged to the turf by Sergio Ramos.

In the Egyptian's absence, momentum shifted and Real – aided by two blunders from Loris Karius – went on to lift the trophy for a record 13time.

“I think losing Salah was a big blow for us,” Wijnaldum said.

“It seemed like a big blow the way we reacted after his injury. I think when he was on the pitch we did it well for 25 minutes but after there was less than before," the Dutch player added.

“At half-time the manager said that it looked like we were devastated about Mo but we had to let it go and change because it could not change.

“These things happen and we had to deal with it but it was difficult.”

Karius was inconsolable following the final whistle after gifting goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

“I didn't say anything because a lot of people already went to him,” Wijnaldum added.

“Sometimes you don't like it when too many people come to you.”

It was a devastating end to a fine season but the Dutch midfielder believes Liverpool will be back challenging for the big prizes once again next term.

“Sometimes those things happen in football. It is hugely frustrating but we can't change it,” he said.

“I have confidence (in this team). We have learned a lot this season, we learned a lot the season before so hopefully we can achieve great things.”

KIEV, Ukraine, May 27, 2018 (News Wires) - Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool “wanted everything and got minus nothing” in Kiev as their Champions League final dreams died with a serious injury to Mohamed Salah and two dreadful goalkeeping mistakes from Loris Karius. Both players were reduced to tears while Real Madrid celebrated a third consecutive Champions League triumph.

Salah left the Olimpiyskiy Stadium with his left shoulder in a sling having been forced out of the final in the 30th minute following a challenge by Sergio Ramos. Klopp described Ramos’s challenge as “harsh”, with the Real captain holding Salah’s arm as he dragged him to the ground, and admitted the Egypt international could miss the World Cup.

Liverpool’s leading scorer was taken to hospital after the game while the squad flew home to Merseyside.

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Sunday wished Egyptian Salah speedy recovery following his injury in the UEFA Champions League final just three weeks before the kick off of 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“It was a big moment in the game,” said Klopp, who congratulated Zinedine Zidane’s team on their victory. “I know if you say something like that after you’ve lost, you sound like a bad loser. But for me that was kind of a harsh challenge because the arm is there and it was like wrestling a little bit.

“It was very bad for Salah, very bad for us, very bad for Egypt. That’s part of the sport I don’t like, but things like this can happen. I don’t know what would have happened had Mo played on, we will never know that.

"Everybody saw in the first half-hour we were the opponent they probably will have expected. We played good football but we lost 3-1 so I don’t think in 10 years people will talk about that. The other decisive moments were the goals. They were quite strange.”

Salah’s injury was not the only decisive moment to go against Liverpool. Karius handed Karim Benzema the opening goal and, while he could do nothing about Gareth Bale’s stunning overhead kick, he also let a shot from the Wales international slip through his grasp.

Karius spoke to Talksport after the game: “I don’t feel anything right now. Today I lost my team the game and I feel sorry for everyone. I’m sorry for everyone - from the team, from the whole club - that the mistakes cost dearly.

“If I could go back in time, I would. I feel sorry for my team,” he continued. “I know I let them down today. It’s very hard right now but that’s the life of a goalkeeper. You have to get your head up again. These goals cost us the title, basically.”

Karius apologised to Liverpool fans in the stadium after the final whistle and, though few of his team-mates offered consolation on the pitch, Klopp insisted the club would stand by the young German.

“I have only had very few words after the game,” the manager said. “It’s really hard for him and I really feel for him. Nobody wants that. The mistakes were obvious. We don’t have to talk about them. He knows it, I know it, you all know it. Now he has to deal with it, we have to deal with it and we will do that. We will be with him, no doubt about that. It was not his night, obviously.”

The defeat was Klopp’s sixth consecutive cup final defeat and he said Salah’s injury made the latest all the more painful. He explained: “I am not fine. I’m the opposite of fine. I have lost games in my life before so I know how to deal with that but you cannot avoid the feeling the night after the game. We all feel really, really bad and the trip home will not be the best trip we’ve ever had in our lives.

“We wanted everything and got minus something with the injury of Mo. We didn’t win the final, we lost a very important player and Egypt maybe lost a very important player for the World Cup. I hope it’s not like this. I have no idea exactly but the medical department … what they said so far it doesn’t look really good.”

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