Mohamed Salah hits back at Sergio Ramos over injection claims

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The Liverpool forward suffered sprained ligaments in his shoulder and had to leave the field after Real Madrid defender Ramos pulled him down.

"The president was reassured on the health condition of the player "Mohamed Salah", who affirmed that his condition is improving notably and that he is on his way to recovery, god willing", presidency spokesman Bassam Radi said on Saturday.

Eden Hazard has said he will support Egypt in the World Cup because of his friendship Mohamed Salah, while the Liverpool' forward's agent has dismissed reports linking him to Barcelona.

Salah's swift return to fitness - he picked up the injury on May 26 - is a welcome boost for Egypt boss Hector Cuper who accepted his side lack's something special when Salah is missing.

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.

The Pharaohs will be making their first World Cup appearance in 28 years when they face Uruguay in their group stage opener on June 15.

Following their clash with Uruguay, Egypt will meet hosts Russian Federation on June 19 and Saudi Arabia.

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"I don't think our performance was flawless, far from it", said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

"He's not hard, I think he's a good coach, a good man".

Speaking afterwards, Hazard praised Egypt's performance in the absence of Premier League Golden Boot victor Salah, who he hopes will take part at the showpiece tournament. "We are in preparation but we will be ready for the World Cup".

Belgium eased past Egypt 3-0 in Brussels to extend the north African side's winless streak since qualifying for the tournament in Russian Federation starting next week. "Maybe like for Spain to win the World Cup", he added.

Also playing on Wednesday were Panama, whose preparations ended on a low note as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Norway after an early goal by Joshua King.

"He sent me a message, but I never told him it was "OK", he said.

Dries Mertens and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne showed a fluidity in their play that will concern England manager Gareth Southgate, but it was Hazard who added the second goal on 38 minutes.