Hector Cuper rues Mohamed Salah injury after Egypt loss

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Egypt lost Tuesday for the second time of the tournament when it fell 3-1 to host Russian Federation.

Raised in Spain at the Real Madrid academy, he has used his slick technique and tactical awareness to score three goals as Russian Federation won its first two games at its home World Cup.

The scoreline was a heavy deception of a game that was thoroughly engaging with an incredible end-to-end stuff but in the end, it was all tale of contrasting emotions with the host happy to progress and Egypt on the brink of an early exit.

Salah's name has been creeping into conversations often since Russia's 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia in Thursday's tournament curtain-raiser. But that will be a tall order.

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Mourinho while continuing his gig as a World Cup analyst for the Kremlin network Russia Today, offered this bit of punditry in regards to the PFA and Premier League player of the year.

"He's a great player, a crucial player, that much is perfectly clear", Cuper added. But I think that he would have given us all his quality and his ability. "But obviously we couldn't do that, as the priority was to get him fit again".

The shoulder injury he suffered at the hands of Sergio Ramos kept Salah out of Egypt's unfortunate 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, and he was clearly rusty in St Petersburg.

Salah, who had not played since going off injured in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month, managed some consolation when he converted from the spot.

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"We had a good first half then we had 10-15 really bad minutes and that's why we lost", said Cuper, who immediately faced questions over his future.

A string of injuries and a perception that, as a stylish winger, he didn't fit Russia's typically rugged, defensive style combined to keep him out of the national team under successive coaches. "He had to train alone", Cuper said.

Cheryshev continues to make those late runs in the area and is an unlikely leading scorer through two matches. The game plan is simple - get the ball into Salah's feet quickly and let him do what he does best.

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