Egypt coach Hector Cuper insists he made the right decision in leaving Mohamed Salah out of the firing line during Fridays World Cup clash with Uruguay.
Salah appeared set to make his comeback following the shoulder injury which cut short his involvement in last months Champions League final but was named on the substitutes bench and remained there for the full 90 minutes.
It was a decision that appeared destined to be vindicated until Jose Gimenez late header secured an undeserved win for the South Americans.
Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch today, the outcome would have been different but we cant know that, Cuper admitted.
Egypt had said prior to the match that Salah was nearly 100% likely to face Uruguay, but Cuper revealed he did not want to risk his talisman suffering a setback against the notoriously physical South Americans
At the end of the training session we examined him and there was some doubt if he fell or was hit by another player, and we wanted to avoid a risk today.
We want to have him in top form for Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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