Dr Ian Beasley said the striker should be wary of defenders like Diego Godín
The former England team doctor has warned Mo Salah must be wary of Uruguay’s defenders aggravating his shoulder injury, should he come on as a substitute in Egypt’s World Cup opener this afternoon.
The Liverpool ace dislocated his left shoulder less than a month ago in the Champions League final during a tussle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.
Salah landed heavily and left the field in tears, while Egypt fans across the globe reacted angrily to what was seen as a judo-style move by Ramos – which went unpunished by the referee.
“I think he was always going to play, no matter what,” said former England doctor Ian Beasley, who worked with the senior men’s team from 2009 to 2016.
“We don’t know if it was a proper dislocation or a strain, but with a month’s rehab he should be fine.
“The real question is, how much training has he missed because of this injury? That will be the deciding factor.
“If you’re a forward, you spend half your life holding off defenders.
“You’re pushing defenders off and waiting for the ball to arrive, which you don’t always see on the telly.
“That’s when his injury could have an impact.”
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Starting for Uruguay, who finished fourth in 2010, is the commanding Atlético Madrid centre-back Diego Godín, who told a news conference yesterday that they were not worried by the striker’s potential return.
“We have been preparing a long time ago to play the World Cup and it does not depend on a player,” he said.
“[Salah] is a big, decisive player and we prepare ourselves in the same way whether he is [available] or not.”