Mohamed Salah's lack of game time at Chelsea blamed for Egypt defeat

Salah's fitness blamed for Egypt defeat
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Egypt coach Shawky Gharib blames Mohamed Salah's lack of first-team football at Chelsea for his nation's defeat to Senegal.

Egypt coach Shawky Gharib has criticised the lack of first-team football being offered to Mohamed Salah at Chelsea following his side's defeat to Senegal.

The Pharaohs suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Senegal in their African Cup of Nations qualifier at the weekend.

Salah, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Basel in January, has struggled to cement a regular spot in the Blues' team, with Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Willian all standing in his way.

"The poor fitness of the players, especially Chelsea's Mohamed Salah, is also a reason for the loss," ahramonline quotes Gharib as saying. "The Egyptian league hasn't started yet and also Salah didn't play regularly with Chelsea. If Salah is off-form, Egypt's performance is always affected."

Salah was linked to Liverpool before making his £11m move to the West London outfit.

Chelseas Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London on August 23, 2014
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