Egypt coach Hector Cuper says Mohamed Salah is “almost 100 per cent” certain to play in their World Cup match against Uruguay on Friday.

Salah suffered shoulder ligament damage playing for Liverpool in the Champions League final last month following a challenge from Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and has not played since.

But when asked about Salah’s potential involvement against Uruguay, Cuper said: “I can almost assure you 100 per cent that he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute.”

Salah’s involvement from the beginning of the tournament would be a huge boost to his country in their first World Cup in 28 years. The 25-year-old scored 44 goals for Liverpool this season.