Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is “almost 100%” certain to play in Friday’s World Cup opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg, says boss Hector Cuper.
Salah, 25, has not played since injuring shoulder ligaments during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on 26 May.
“I can almost assure you 100% he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute,” said Cuper.
“He could become the top goalscorer here and one of the greatest players.”
Cuper said Salah was “doing very well” and had recovered “very, very quickly”.
He added: “We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the option to play or not, but I know Salah very well and I’m sure he’s not afraid, he’s not fearful.”
Defender Ali Gabr should also be fit to play after bruising his face in training.
Uruguay, meanwhile, are expected to name a youthful midfield featuring 20 year-old Rodrigo Bentancur and Nahitan Nandez, 22.
But they boast plenty of experience elsewhere, not least the potent frontline of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
Russia and Saudi Arabia are the two other teams in Group A.