EGYPT need Mohamed Salah to be back and on top form if they are to do well at the World Cup, says Radojko Avramovic.
“They didn’t give us too many problems to be honest,” Avramovic said.
“If we had a little more luck then we could have won the match,” said as Kuwait comfortably held the Pharoahs to a 1-1 draw last week.
For Egyptian fans watching at home, it was an unwelcome glimpse of what life in Russia may be like if their star man Salah does not recover in time from his Champions League calamity.
Egypt’s first clash comes on June 15 against Uruguay and there are huge question marks over whether he will be able to take the field.
“Without him, they are going to have problems at the World Cup. This is a serious competition and you have to go at 100 percent, or face an early exit.”
It is not just about what he brings in terms of ability, he said.
“Psychologically, he is huge for the team and the other players. What they are going through right now is a kind of psychological shock as they think that they may have to play at the World Cup without him.”
Avramovic says that is why, whatever happens in terms of whether the player recovers or not, he would take him to Russia if he was in Hector Cuper’s shoes. “Salah needs to be in the squad whether he plays or not.