I never told him it was okay - Salah responds to Ramos

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"It became common to win the [African Nations Cup], but not to qualify for the World Cup".

Speaking earlier this week, the Madrid centre-back suggested that Salah could have played the full 90 minutes had he been given an injection to ease the pain.

Mohamed Salah has opened up on what he told Sergio Ramos after the Spaniard's risky challenge in the Champions League final.

"Yes, it was", he added.

He will be regarded as key to any hopes Egypt have of springing a surprise at the World Cup in Russian Federation but, after the Champions League final injury he described as a career-low point, Salah remains uncertain if he will play in the opening Group A clash with Uruguay.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is confident he will be fit enough to take part in Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg next Friday, Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Saturday. He's not hard, I think he's a good coach, a good man.

"After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash with me I am only missing (Roberto) Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat!"

Salah is hopeful that he will be ready to face Uruguay on June 15 for the start of Egypt's "special" World Cup campaign.

Salah is not impressed with Sergio Ramos' recent comments about what happened and wanted to reply. "We are good players, we all play in the big games in England, in Italy and in Spain, so we know what to do".

"Tactically. He's helped me to defend better, but he also finds a way to make it easier to attack".

Salah's optimism will be welcome news to the millions of Egypt fans preparing to support the team in their first World Cup in 28 years this summer. "We all wish him a speedy recovery and we want to see him in the World Cup".

However, after scoring 44 goals in his debut season with Liverpool, he says he wants to make history with his country in Russian Federation - he's not going there with the mentality that reaching finals is enough. In my head the pressure is to achieve something different from what we have done.

JERUSALEM (AP) - The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina's abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country's leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. Not just going there, three games and thank you very much.

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