Senegal forward Sadio Mane is out of the World Cup due to a leg injury he sustained whereas playing for Bayern Munich.
The 30-year-old picked up an injury to his proper fibula in Bayern’s 6-1 Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen final Tuesday.
Despite the injury, Mane was named in Senegal’s 26-man squad for the World Cup however the former Liverpool forward is not going to characteristic in Qatar after being unable to get well from the injury.
On Tuesday, Senegal’s soccer federation mentioned Mane would miss their “first games” of the match however head coach Aliou Cisse will now have to plan with out his star man.
After Senegal confirmed Mane can be unable to characteristic within the World Cup, Bayern revealed he had undergone “successful” surgical procedure in Austria on Thursday night.
A press release from the German champions mentioned: “Sadio Mane underwent profitable surgical procedure in Innsbruck by Prof Christian Fink and Dr Andy Williams from London on Thursday night.
“During the operation, a tendon was reattached to the head of his right fibula. The Bayern forward will therefore no longer be available to play for Senegal at the World Cup and will begin his rehab in Munich in the next few days.”
The reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions begin their World Cup marketing campaign towards the Netherlands on Monday.
That is adopted by Group A video games towards hosts Qatar on November 25 and Ecuador on November 29.
Mane was essential in Senegal’s first-ever AFCON win in February scoring the profitable penalty because the Teranga Lions beat Egypt in a penalty shootout within the ultimate.
Then in late March, Mane additionally scored the decisive spot-kick as Senegal as soon as once more beat Egypt on penalties in a play-off to qualify for Qatar.
Who is Senegal’s key man now in Qatar?
The lack of Mane is a horrible blow to Senegal’s hopes in Qatar and can a put large onus on others to step up in his absence.
There are leaders elsewhere on the pitch however the problem now’s to rating the targets with out him. Ismaila Sarr might help with that.
For a lot of Sarr’s profession, he has been following in Mane’s footsteps. A graduate of the Generation Foot academy, like Mane, his first European membership was Metz. He too impressed within the Premier League, scoring towards Mane’s Liverpool for Watford.
But the 24-year-old forward now finds himself within the Championship with the Hornets. He has proven he can ship in large moments, scoring for Senegal within the quarter-finals of their Africa Cup of Nations triumph final 12 months. Could he be the hero with Mane injured?