Ahead of the World Cup that kicks off in few days, Russian defender, Ilya Kutepov, has warned Egyptian Mohamed Salah, that his country would do anything to stop him when both of them meet in the group B last game.
Kutepov said they will try to stop him by any means necessary– even if it means repeating Sergio Ramos’ controversial arm grapple.
The 25-year-old Egyptian left the pitch weeping after half an hour of the Champions League final in Kiev last month following a rough challenge from the Real Madrid skipper that injured his shoulder.
Sallah has been battling to return to fitness in time for Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay on Saturday.
Russia will face Egypt in St Petersburg, and the defender has warned that Salah should expect more rough treatment.
Kutepov told reporters, “Salah’s game doesn’t worry me. How do you stop him? Well, you can do what Sergio Ramos did for example.
“He showed us one way of stopping him and I can’t say that I was upset when I watched him get injured in the final.
“I wish him a quick recovery and I’ll be happy if he plays at the World Cup because it helps you improve when you play against such a genius.”