NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL (Austria), May 27 (Sputnik) - Russia defender Mario Fernandes, who was included in Russia's extended 2018 FIFA World Cup squad on May 11, said on Sunday that it was not correct to discuss Egypt star Salah's injury that he picked up during the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was substituted in the 31th minute of Saturday’s match following a challenge from Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. Liverpool eventually lost 3-1, with the side from the Spanish capital lifting their third consecutive Champions League trophy.
"[I] watched the match between Real [Madrid] and Liverpool and I liked the game. I can't say anything [on Salah's injury]... I don't want to comment on what happened. We are all professionals, we do not discuss others' injuries and do not assess others' actions. It's the player's problem," Fernandes told journalists.
Earlier on Sunday, Egyptian Sports Minister Khaled Abd Elaziz said that the Egyptian footballer had damaged ligaments in his shoulder, but he was expected to recover in the next two weeks and to be included in Egypt’s 23-man World Cup squad.
Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will take place from June 14 to July 15 at 12 venues in 11 host cities. Egypt was drawn in Group A along with host Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. Their first match will be against Uruguay on June 15.