Mohamed Salah in starting line-up for Egypt v Russian Federation: team

This time round, it is Russian Federation who will be without a star man. Alan Dzagoev continuing his rehabilitation from a hamstring strain suffered against Saudi Arabia back in Moscow, as his colleagues chase a victory that would see them progress from the group stage for the first time since the Soviet Union era.

The forward posted a video on his official Facebook page indicating he is ready to take on tonight's match.

The hosts face the north Africans in St Petersburg on Tuesday and defeat would nearly certainly condemn Egypt to an early exit. "They are my strength and the driver for my creations". Three goals came from reserves, and two of those came from Denis Cheryshev, a talented winger at Villarreal and former youth player for Real Madrid.

Leheta's words were echoed by Egypt's National Team Coach Hector Cuper, who told reporters on Monday, "Salah is fit".

"I think he will be able to play. He is an essential piece in our team", Cuper added.

"With the ball and without the ball: he can dribble, he can attack spaces behind defenders".

While Russia already have three points to their name in Group A, Egypt will be looking to get their first points on the board.

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While Russia coasted home with a 5-0 margin against Saudi Arabia, Egypt will provide a much tougher test. While Russia are coming on the back of a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the opener, Egypt were beaten 1-0 by Iran in a heart-wrenching manner. The hosts looked to have started the Egypt match from where they left off against Saudi. "If not, they will have to go against Uruguay in the searching of point". "We're not talking about the seven games [without a win]", he said.

"Our culture as Egyptians means that all our hearts beat as one, and that is what we feel", he said.

The Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) laid that decision exclusively at Cuper's door, maintaining the 26-year-old was fit to face Uruguay but deemed not ready for the risk. It is not only Mo Salah who will be playing against us. "We will see what will happen".

Russia's first-ever World Cup will be held at 12 arenas across 11 cities with the final set to be played at Luzhniki on 15 July.

Russian Federation absolutely destroyed Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the tournament. "It's wrong to single someone out because they have 22 other players (in the Egypt squad)". They had a good game against Uruguay but the last minute panic cost them the game.

Meanwhile, Salah has been declared 100 per cent fit by Egypt's team doctor and his agent.

Saleh helped secure Egypt's place in the World Cup and won the Premier League Golden Boot after his incredible season with Liverpool.

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