If Egypt are to succeed at their first World Cup since 1990, it looks crucial that they get Mo Salah fit. The Liverpool forward - the Pharaoh's star player - remains a doubt after a shoulder injury suffered in the Champions League final.
He missed Egypt's warm-up clash with Colombia on Friday night in Italy, where the North Africans looked largely toothless in a goalless draw.
Colombia, who named a strong line-up featuring the likes of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, spurned several good chances and will need a sharper edge when the tournament starts in a little over a fortnight.
Egypt supporters show their love for injured star Mohamed Salah, who is a World Cup doubt
Egypt and Colombia played out a goalless draw on Friday night, David Ospina here in action
Radamel Falcao started up front in a strong Colombia line-up for a warm-up against Egypt
James Rodriguez struck the post with a first half free kick as Colombia looked more impressive
Egypt: El-Shenawy; Fathi, Hegazi, Samir, Abdel-Shafy; Tarek Hamed, Morsy; Sobhi, El-Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen
Colombia: Ospina; Arias, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sánchez, Fabra; Carlos Sánchez, Uribe; Cuadrado, James Rodríguez, Muriel; Falcao
Salah's Egypt team mates clearly miss him. Much of their attacking play in Bergamo was predicated on playing long through-balls over the top of the Colombian defence, but they lacked any pace to make use of them.
Instead, Colombia - possible last 16 opponents for England in Russia - made most of the opportunities, playing good