"Salah has damaged ligaments in his shoulder. The estimated recovery time is two weeks... Mohamed Salah should be in Egypt's World Cup squad, which will be announced on June 4," the minister posted on his Facebook page, adding that the player would be undergoing treatment at his club Liverpool.

The 25-year-old forward was forced off the field in the first half of the UEFA Champions League final following a challenge from Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. Liverpool lost the match 3-1, as Real Madrid won the competition for the third successive year.

In the post-match media conference, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that Salah’s injury was “really serious.”

Salah scored 11 goal in 13 matches to help Egypt qualify for their first World Cup since 1990. He has also been in prolific form for Liverpool – scoring 32 goals in the English Premier League this season. 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities. Egypt will face the hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A. Their first match will be against Uruguay on June 15.