Salah's World Cup in doubt as Egyptians turn on Ramos

Arnold Nichols
May 28, 2018

The 25-year-old was forced off through injury on the half-hour mark of Liverpool's 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday evening in Kiev after tangling with Sergio Ramos and landing heavily on the turf.

A subsequent tweet from the Egypt national team account suggested Salah had suffered ligament damage but avoided either a dislocation or a broken collar bone.

Ramos will no doubt receive plenty of questions as to his role in Salah's injury as the Spanish defender made sure Liverpool's main man hit the floor hard and locked his right arm in during the duel.

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He got up after receiving initial treatment from the physios and continued for another couple of minutes, but eventually the pain was unbearable and a tear filled Salah walked off the pitch. The player was rushed to the hospital for a x-ray after he left the pitch.

Until Salah's injury, Liverpool had been on top, but following the shocking incident, they went on to lose due to a combination of two goalkeeping howlers by Loris Karius and a superb Gareth Bale goal.

He is far and away the biggest star in Egypt and key to the country's hopes at the World Cup, which begins in less than three weeks.

If the vitriol targeting Ramos seems exaggerated, it reflects how vital the speedy striker has become for his national team ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said in his post-match press conference: "It's a serious injury, a really serious injury". I know if you say that after you lost it sounds like you're a bad loser but for us it was like a harsh challenge. "It does not look good".

The Pharaohs will face the hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay in Group A. "I recently read him saying that I had been his inspiration and I was excited", he added.

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