Salah’s return lifts Egypt against Russia

On the other hand, Russian Federation will be without Alan Dzagoev after the 28-year-old was injured against Saudi Arabia and will miss his side's games against Egypt and Uruguay.

Liverpool's Salah sat out the 1-0 loss to Uruguay after injuring his shoulder in last month's Champions League final. Egypt will provide a far tougher test than Saudi Arabia, and the match is a must-win for Hector Cuper's men.

But he was forced to quit as football federation president in December because of his alleged role in running a doping programme that got Russia banned from last winter's Olympic Games. Ahmed Fathy will start at right-back while Mohamed Shafy will start at left-back.

Ignashevich's experience is an asset but his age counts against him and any attempt to double up on Salah will free up Mahmoud Hassan, better known by his nickname "Trezeguet", on the opposite flank.

It wasn't quite such a good start for Egypt, who were without talisman Mohamed Salah as they fell to a late defeat at the hands of Uruguay. At Egypt's recent training camp in Grozny, Salah reportedly required the help of his team-mates to pull on his top. It is the third fixture of the group A where Egypt will lock horns with Russia in the Saint Petersburg Stadium in the picturesque island of Kretovsky island in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Meanwhile, Mohamed El-Shennawy has kept his place in the starting lineup after a MOTM performance against Uruguay, and Tarek Hamed will also start despite picking up an injury in Egypt's World Cup opener. "Let's see what Salah can do against us".

"Whether Mo Salah plays or not, it's going to be a hard game for us anyway". "We are studying Egypt and we should be able to exploit their weaknesses". We are well aware of that, but we have no option other than winning, which means we need to keep our calm and focus.

Meanwhile, worries Russian Federation could become just the second host nation to bow out of the World Cup at the group stage after a seven-game winless run ahead of the tournament have been alleviated by a flawless start. "To play in a World Cup and experience this atmosphere is a dream you hope will never end".

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