Mohamed Salah has been included in Egypt’s squad for World Cup 2018 as he seeks to shake off a shoulder injury in time to play some part in the finals.
The Liverpool forward forms part of Hector Cuper’s plans despite nursing an ailment which threatened to dash his international dreams entirely this summer.
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly).
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf (all Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC).
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, (Zamalek), Shikabala (Zamalek), Abdallah Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos Athens).
Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Salah was quick to air his confidence that he would recover in time, but mixed messages have been offered since then regarding a timescale on his rehabilitation.
The latest of those suggested that he would be sidelined for around three weeks, with medical assistance having been sought in Spain to help speed up the process.