NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL (Austria), May 27 (Sputnik) - Fenerbahce and Russia defender Roman Neustaedter said on Sunday it would be a shame if Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah missed next month’s FIFA World Cup.
Salah sustained a shoulder injury during the Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid after a challenge from Real captain Sergio Ramos, who went on to lift the trophy after the side from the Spanish capital beat Liverpool 3-1.
"It is a shame that he suffered the injury and it will be a shame if he doesn't play at the World Cup. I always want to play against the best players," Neustaedter said, adding that although Salah was a great footballer, Russia were aware that Egypt were not a one-man team.
The defender also said that he did not blame Ramos for Salah's injury.
"Things like this happen 20-30 times during a match... There was nothing intentional," Neustaedter added.
Egypt Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz said earlier on Sunday, that Salah had injured ligaments in his shoulder and it would take him about two weeks to recover.
The World Cup hosts Russia will face Egypt, who have both been drawn in Group A, in St. Petersburg on June 19. The tournament will take place between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities.