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I never told him it was okay - Salah responds to Ramos

10 June 2018

Half an hour into the game, Ramos appeared to link his arm with Salah's and wrestle the Egyptian to the ground during a challenge, resulting in the former Chelsea man leaving the field in tears with a shoulder injury.

Ramos came in for criticism following Real Madrid's 3-1 win in Kiev last month as he was involved in a challenge with Reds talisman Salah that left the Egypt worldwide in tears as he departed with an injured shoulder.

Egypt and Nigeria continued their recent poor form in World Cup warm-up games on Wednesday ahead of their bids to become the first African side to reach the semi-finals of the global showpiece event. During their final training camp, Egypt played two other friendlies as they drew with Kuwait and Colombia.

Labelled by Salah's Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino as an "idiot", Ramos could come up against Salah's Egypt in Russian Federation in what would prove an intriguing match-up given what happened in Ukraine.

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Medical scans revealed that Salah would be sidelined for three weeks at least, but the player, who has since completed a rehabilitation programme in Spain, is hopeful he will make Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay on 16 June.

Their final Group A match will be against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.

Ramos also said that Salah had told him he was "okay" in a text exchange shortly after the final, but the Premier League's Golden Boot victor for 2017-18 has denied these claims. "We all wish him a speedy recovery and we want to see him in the World Cup".

The Pharaohs recently lost 3-0 to Belgium in Brussels in their last friendly ahead of the 2018 World Cup, which is set to kick off in one week.

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"Now I'm better, though", he added.

"He sent me a message, but I never told him it was "fine, '" Salah, who also labelled Ramos" comments as "funny", told Marca on Saturday. "I think I've improved with him", he explained.

When asked if he is feeling pressure from fans due to the huge responsibility laid on him, he said: "The pressure was to qualify for the World Cup".

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I never told him it was okay - Salah responds to Ramos