Salah expects to play in Egypt's World Cup opener: "I'll be ready"

Less than a week out from their first World Cup appearance in 28 years, Egypt have been handed a major boost by Mohamed Salah.

Salah expects to play in Egypt's World Cup opener: "I'll be ready"

Mohamed Salah is confident of being fit to face Uruguay in Egypt's opening World Cup match on Friday

The Liverpool star, who has been sidelined by a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final, gave the promising update in a farewell event hosted by Egypt president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The scale of Salah's involvement has been uncertain since he left the pitch in tears in Kiev in two weeks ago, a moment he described as the worst of his career.

"I feel much better and I'll be ready", declares Salah

But speaking prior to the team's departure for Russia, Salah spoke positively of his chances of lining up in Yekaterinburg.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) shakes hands with Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah.

"I promise you, I will do my best to be ready for the World Cup and to achieve the Egyptian dream," the forward said as he addressed El-Sisi.

"I feel much better now and I'll be ready to play against Uruguay. I will never give up on our dream. I promise to do my best for our people."

Egypt also in group with Russia and Saudi Arabia

Following their clash with Uruguay, Egypt will meet hosts Russia on 19 June and Saudi Arabia on 25 June.