Mohamed Salah could still feature in the World Cup group stage after the Egyptian Football Association announced his shoulder injury should keep him out for a maximum of three weeks.
A statement on the EFA’s Facebook page read: “Dr Mohamed Abu Ula confirmed that the period of absence of Salah due to injury will not exceed three weeks.”
Under such a timeframe, Salah would likely miss Egypt’s first two games in Group A, but could return for the stage’s finale against Saudi Arabia on June 25.
Egypt have been working together with Liverpool on Salah’s fitness since the forward suffered the injury in the first half of the Reds’ defeat to Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final.
Earlier on Wednesday, Liverpool’s physio Ruben Pons said that Salah was likely to be out three to four weeks, but everything was being done to hasten his recovery.
“He is sad about what happened but is totally focused on recovery, seeing when he can be ready,” Pons said. “In principle it will be between three and four weeks, but we will try to reduce those dates — that’s the big goal.”