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Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez, who is likely to field a fearsome front two of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, said he hoped Salah is fit.

Uruguay defender Diego Godin, who plays in Spain for Atletico Madrid, did not take kindly to an "inopportune" question in a subsequent press conference asking if he meant to follow Ramos in giving Salah some roughhouse treatment. I can nearly assure you 100 per cent he'll play.

Cuper said Salah was "doing very well" and had recovered "very, very quickly".

Salah now has four more days to work on his fitness before Egypt face the hosts in St Petersburg, while Uruguay will play Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in Rostov.

The Liverpool superstar's participation was thrown into doubt after he suffered a shoulder injury following a seemingly rough tackle by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the final of Champions League last month. Le Celeste impressed at the last two World Cup tournaments, most notably concluding their 2010 campaign at fourth place.

Until Uruguay's second-half surge, Egypt had rarely looked in trouble in a scrappy match at the less-than-packed Yekaterinburg Arena, though without Salah they also did little to threaten their opponents' goal.

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Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay's rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Friday in Group A of the World Cup. It was the first time Uruguay won its opening match at the tournament since 1970, when it went on to reach the semifinals.

Fans have been in suspense before Egypt's first World Cup finals in 28 years, but now they can at least know their star man will appear.

Cuper is known to be a conservative manager, but he may need to crank up the offense if Suarez and Cavani catch them early.

The result sees the South Americans draw level with Russian Federation on three points at the top of Group A.

Uruguay continued to labour in the attacking third before the break, while a healthy Egyptian contingent had only Salah's appearance on the stadium's big screen to cheer.

"We played a good game, we gambled on whether they left us some spaces to take advantage of", noted Cuper.