Egypt trained in Grozny on Thursday (21st June), two days after their World Cup dream ended.

In only their third-ever appearance at a World Cup, Egypt suffered back-to-back Group A defeats – a 1-0 loss to Uruguay on 15th June, before a 3-1 reverse at the hands of hosts Russia on 19th June.

Their tournament will come to an end in Volgograd against Saudi Arabia, who have also been eliminated, next Monday (25th June).

Part of Egypt’s struggles can be linked to the fitness concerns which have hung over their talisman, Mohamed Salah.

The Liverpool forward injured his shoulder in a collision with Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos during the UEFA Champions League final on 26th May.

26-year-old Salah did not play against Uruguay due to fitness concerns with his shoulder, but started against Russia and scored a consolation penalty for Hector Cuper’s side.

Hany Abo Rida, president of the Egyptian Football Association, spoke at Egypt’s training session in Grozny on Thursday, where he said the VAR (Video Assistant Referees) had not brought justice for the team.

The head of the Association also rejected allegations that the team lacked focus and cohesion ahead of their match against Russia.

The future of head coach Hector Cuper remains undecided, added Abo Rida, saying his contract would be discussed after their final game against Saudi Arabia.

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