Russian Federation 2018: Salah joins Egypt training, but doesn't take part

Eden Hazard centre celebrates with Belgium teammate Yannick Carrasco after scoring Belgium's second goal against Egypt at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand  AFP

Russian Federation 2018: Salah joins Egypt training, but doesn't take part

Not only is Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, he also showed his class by sending a message of support to his friend Mohamed Salah ahead of the World Cup.

Saudi Arabia head into the tournament on the back of three straight defeats at the hands of Italy, Peru and Germany, but they showed enough in those games, particularly against Italy and Germany, to show they have a realistic chance of pipping Russian Federation and Egypt to the second spot behind Group A favorites Uruguay. Of course, you can then say "right, we've got there, that's that", but for me it's not like that.

"When I fell to the ground, I had a mixture of physical pain and a lot of concern", he said.

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Chelsea finished in a disappointing fifth place in the league last season, and it is expected that their failure to qualify for the Champions will seriously impact their ability to attract top class players this summer.

"At the moment I only focus on the World Cup", said Hazard at Belgium's pre-World Cup training camp in Brussels. "I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches".

The seven-time African champions play their opening Group A fixture on Friday, June 15, against Uruguay.

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"I want to know, but like I say I am focused on the World Cup".

But such has been his form for the English Premiership club - 44 goals in all competitions for the season - that he has been included in Egypt's squad even though there is no guarantee he will play.

"And it was something we all said: 'Wow, we have to do it, we have to do it.' We had not achieved it for a long time and it was something very special - maybe like winning the World Cup for Spain. That's not going through my head".

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