Egypt certainly missed Salah's presence on the pitch and BBC commentator and Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown admitted it was a odd decision from Cuper not to bring him on.
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has recovered from a shoulder injury and is nearly 100 percent certain to play in their World Cup opener against Uruguay, coach Hector Cuper said on Thursday, ending weeks of suspense about the fitness of his most unsafe striker.
The Barcelona forward is Uruguay's all time top scorer and has been its main attacking threat for the last two World Cup cycles.
Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay's rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Friday in Group A of the World Cup.
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Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani had a couple of half-chances for Uruguay in the first half, the best made by himself when he juggled the ball and lashed it on the volley from outside the box, but it was deflected over.
"We have enthusiasm and the seriousness to make an excellent match", Cuper said.
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Mohamed Salah may be starting on the bench, but that's not stopping Egypt fans as they prepare for their match versus Uruguay.
Both Uruguay and Egypt will be more than desperate to kick off Group A in affirmative and passionate manner, following the opening showdown between host country Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.
"He's certainly important, nobody can deny that, but you need a good team too - and we are a good team", said Cuper.
A poor, abject display from Egypt could give the other two sides the belief and realisation that emerging from this group is a distinct possibility.
Egypt's Tarek Hamed (right) slides in for the tackle on Uruguay's Edinson Cavani during their Group A match in Yekaterinburg.
He has done so while battling a debilitating neurological condition, Guillain-Barre syndrome, which severely restricts his movement - and in Russian Federation may possibly become the first coach in World Cup history to use a wheelchair.