Mohamed Salah was inconsolable as he left the pitch in Kiev on Saturday night after injuring his shoulder in a challenge with Sergio Ramos.
The Egypt international was substituted on the half-hour mark during the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, with the Real captain falling awkwardly onto the Liverpool forward, who stayed down in obvious discomfort with players from both sides gathering and consoling him as it became immediately apparent he would not be able to continue.
Salah was replaced by Adam Lallana on 31 minutes and the sight of the Egyptian King walking down the tunnel in tears will have set alarm bells ringing in his home country with the World Cup just three weeks away.
Salah was instrumental in helping The Pharaohs to a first World Cup in 28 years and the Egypt national team posted a message later on Saturday evening to the effect that preliminary examinations on Salah's shoulder were cause for optimism that he would be fit for the tournament in Russia.
Carvajal also off in Kiev, World Cup in doubt
Shortly after Salah’s departure from the fray, Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was also ushered from the pitch in tears with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Zinedine Zidane made a point of consoling Carvajal as he left the arena, with Nacho replacing him: depending on the extent of his injury the Spain international, who is undisputed first choice for his country, could be ruled out of the World Cup after missing out on the 2016 European Championship after limping out of the Champions League final weeks earlier with a thigh problem.