CAIRO: Liverpool star Mohamed Salah turned up for Egypt training in Cairo on Saturday ahead of the Pharaohs' departure for the World Cup in Russia but didn't take part, AFP witnessed.
Thousands of supporters turned up to watch Egypt's final, late night training session before taking flight for Russia, cheering wildly.
Although dressed in kit, Salah stood around in the middle of the pitch chatting to backroom staff while his team-mates trained.
The record seven-time African champions have qualified for the World Cup for only the third time and first since 1990.
They begin their Russian campaign on June 15 against twice former winners Uruguay.
Salah has been picked in the Egypt squad despite suffering from a shoulder injury picked up in Liverpool's 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid that many fans feared would keep him out of the global football showpiece.
After scoring 44 goals for Liverpool last season following his move from Roma, Salah is vital to Egyptian hopes in Russia.