World Cup 2018: Egypt vs Uruguay: Team news, injuries, possible lineups
Hector Cuper’s Egypt will today afternoon clash with Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena Stadium in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Egypt is in Group A of the tournament alongside Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Cuper’s men head into this clash after losing 3 and drew 2 of their last 5 games against Portugal, Greece, Belgium, Colombia and Kuwait.
The seven times African champions are making their first appearance at the World Cup since 1990.
Egypt and Uruguay have met only once before, and that was in an international friendly in 2006.
The South American side’s current captain Diego Godin scored the opener that day before Abdelzaher El Saqqa put through his own net to condemn the Pharaohs to a 2-0 defeat.
The Pharaohs may start this match without their star player, Mohamed Salah, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury since the Champions League final.
Salah inspired Egypt to qualified for the World Cup as group winners ahead of Uganda, Ghana and Congo.
Meanwhile, Oscar Tabarez’s Uruguay are technically the favourites to top Group A because of their front pairing of Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez, who scored a combined total of 71 goals in 99 matches between them at club level last season.
Tabarez’s men head into this clash after winning their last 3 pre-World Cup friendly games against Czech Republic, Wales and Uzbekistan.
Uruguay’s best performance at the World Cup was in South Africa 2010 when they reached the semi-finals, losing 3-2 to Netherlands.
The last time the Southern Americans lifted the trophy was back in 1950.
Tabarez has no injuries problems in his team ahead of this clash.
Egypt’s potential starting XI: El Hadary; Abdel-Shafi, Gabr, Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi, Hamed, Elneny, Sobhi, Said, Warda; Mohsen
Uruguay potential starting XI: Muslera; Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira; Bentancur, Torreira; Rodriguez, Arrascaeta, Suarez; Cavani
The kick off time for the match is 1:00pm.
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