Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Mohamed Salah's injury is "really serious."
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah was forced out of the Champions League final with an injury suffered in the first half against Real Madrid on Saturday.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said "It’s a serious injury, a really serious injury," in his post-match press conference.
"He is in the hospital for an X-ray," Klopp said. "It’s either the collarbone or the shoulder itself. It doesn’t look good, that’s it.”
Egypt's FA put out a statement that was more optimistic, though far from definitive.
The nation's minister of sport, however, appears to be a bit more positive about the situation.
BREAKING: Egypt’s Minister of Youth & Sports has confirmed Salah will need 2 weeks to recover from injury. The player will go back to England for treatment before linking up with the NT in Italy later. He has also confirmed that Salah will be in the final squad announced on 4/6. pic.twitter.com/eNYTonKHVi— Marwan Ahmed (@MarwanAhmed_KF) May 26, 2018
The injury happened in the 25th minute when Salah was tangled with Sergio Ramos and took a nasty landing. Ramos fell on Salah as both went to ground, and the Liverpool sensation grabbed his shoulder immediately.
Medical staff came on to help him, but Salah chose to stay on the field and play it out. After a few minutes, he was back on the ground in tears, clearly unable to continue.
Disaster for #LFC, and potentially for #Egypt with #WorldCup looming, as Mohamed Salah has to come off injured in 31st minute. He landed on his shoulder after an awkward fall and tried to continue, but wasn't able to. Terrible to see, hopefully not serious. #RMALIV #UCLFinal #UCL pic.twitter.com/6vZxQLlLWQ— #ThankYouDeuce (@JogaBonito_USA) May 26, 2018
He was crying as he walked off the field and headed to the locker room, and all eyes will be on the severity of the injury and what it means for his place with Egypt at this summer's World Cup.
On Sunday, the forward posted a message of encouragement on Twitter, with a hope of recuperating fast enough and be part of the 23-man squad heading to Russia.
Salah is Egypt's centerpiece and led the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990, scoring the goal that clinched their place. His ascension this season has been the story of world soccer.