Liverpool physio Ruben Pons is hopeful that Mohamed Salah can recover from his shoulder injury within three weeks. Salah was substituted with a shoulder injury in the 30th minute of Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid and the Egyptian was in tears as he made his way down the tunnel in Kiev. Egypt’s opening match of the World Cup against Uruguay just 17 days away and the forward is in a race against time to be available for the Group A clash.

It’s understood that Egypt’s national federation are confident that Salah will return in between ten days and three weeks time and Liverpool physio, Pons, appears to be in agreement.

Once we knew the injury we planned the treatment, he is sad about what happened but he is totally focused on recovery and seeing when he can be ready,’ Pons told Spanish outlet Marca. ‘He is going to mark the recovery times, in principle it will be from three to four weeks but we are going to try to reduce those deadlines, that’s the big goal.’

Pons feared the worst as soon as Salah went to ground following the tussle with Sergio Ramos at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. ‘We knew that it was something serious as soon as [Salah] fell on the ground because he never complains, we were afraid of the worst,’ he said. ‘We were in the field until the break, I was devastated, I tried to transmit calmness, I told him that nothing could be done and that he did not worry too much, it was time to look for solutions and not to regret because things did not work.

We were watching the game, we were looking at social networks and the security was telling us the result, Madrid has scored, we equalised. ‘When we came back, the game was over, the whole team had changed and prepared for riding the team bus, we helped him change because he could not do it alone and we went to the airport.

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