During a telephone call between Liverpool football club’s medical team and the Egyptian national team’s Dr. Mohamed Abul-Ela, who has been tasked with communicating with the club to follow-up on Mohamed Salah’s injury after last night’s game, it was said that Salah should be able to fully recover in no more than three weeks.
Salah appeared in a picture with Nusret Gokce, commonly known as Salt Bae, following his injury, which calmed a lot of his fans who went on a tweeting spree after the incident.
The English club’s officials told Abul-Ela, who is part of the national team’s training camp in Italy, that an x-ray was performed on Salah’s shoulder, which showed that he suffered from torn ligaments in the shoulder joint, and that the duration of his absence will not exceed three weeks.
A full study will be conducted after the Egyptian returns to Merseyside, according to The Express online news site.
The injury took place due to a challenge for the ball between Salah and Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. The Spaniard tried to overtake Salah to gain back possession, but the force took down both the players and Salah landed awkwardly on his shoulder.
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.
Doctor Abul-Ela expressed his optimism that Salah will play World Cup matches according to this diagnosis.
The World Cup dream
Salah’s World Cup campaign with Egypt also seems to be in doubt due to the recovery time. Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher suffered a similar injury in the 2010/2011 season and was sidelined for two months.
“It’s a serious injury, a really serious injury,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stated at the post match press conference.
“He is in the hospital for an X-ray. It’s either the collarbone or the shoulder itself. It doesn’t look good, that’s it.”
Egypt take on Uruguay in the second match day of the World Cup, but it seems like Salah cannot return to training within the next two weeks, according to The Independent.
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson told BBC Radio that Salah had a big decision to make, either to get surgery done which will have a longer recovery time, or put it in a sling and play in three to four weeks.
“But it is never the same,” Lawrenson said. “Most who have played who have dislocated shoulders will tell you if you don’t have an operation it will always come out. Once you loosen it, it is never the same.”
Egypt still looks like they will bring along Salah for the campaign, but whether he plays a game or not still remains in question.