How Salah’s preparation for Champions League final may be affected by Ramadan
Mohamed Salah could fast for up to 18 hours before Liverpool’s Champions League final vs Real Madrid.
The Egyptian, as a practicing Muslim, acknowledges the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which requires its observers to not eat or drink between dawn and sunset.
A report by Egyptian website El-Ahly claims Salah will go ahead with the fast, which could last up to 18 hours.
European summer ensures a longer fast than in other parts of the world. It also remains unclear whether Salah’s team-mate Sadio Mane will observe the fast.
And while Jurgen Klopp has not revealed how Liverpool will prepare Salah differently, his national team manager Hector Cuper has discussed the subject ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“The Egyptian Football Association has hired specialists to help me and the players during the fasting month of Ramadan,” Cuper said.
“We will organize and monitor their eating and sleeping and hope that this will not affect them badly.
“It may be a problem to the coaches because the players will stop eating from sunrise until sunset, so it will not be easy during training but that is to do with the religion and I can’t prevent them from observing Ramadan.
“We are working on this and seeking to find the best way to overcome fasting fatigue and prevent it from hurting the players.”
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