Jose Jimenez's 90th minute header gave Uruguay a crucial win over Egypt who posted a decent display in the encounter. I can nearly assure you 100 per cent he'll play unless something dramatic happens today or tomorrow.
"Why not?" asked Cuper when it was put to him that Salah could, despite all the hand-wringing, finish as top scorer in the tournament.
Egypt now face an uphill task of getting out of the group and will most likely have to call on Salah for their next game against tournament hosts Russian Federation next Tuesday.
"We wanted to avoid risks in this match [with Salah], but I think he will be fine for the next game [against Russia]".
Egypt face Uruguay in the second game of the 2018 World Cup on Friday, completing the first round of fixtures in Group A. The north Africans, contesting their first World Cup since 1990, were for the main part fairly comfortable in defence and Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny was a constant presence at the base of Egypt's midfield.
Just before then, Suarez could have given Uruguay the lead in the first half as he missed an absolute sitter after hitting the side net from close range. He's one of the best center backs in the tournament, and it'll be interesting to see how he handles the recently-injured Salah.
A draw for Egypt against Uruguay would be deemed an excellent result, but a win would be historic.
World Cups reward streaks of form that, at club level, would seem relatively moderate in length, and that is why Friday's game provides such intrigue.
Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (left) defends against Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (right) during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A match at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 15, 2018.