Qatar 2023: Sadio Mane out of World Cup due to injury

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By Yusuf Mutiu

Former Southampton striker was taken off just 20 minutes into Bayern’s 6-1 route over Bremen on Tuesday night which leads to doubt about his fitness for the world cup which kicks off in days to come.

According to various reports, the former Liverpool star man will not feature for his country Senegal. An event which has dealt the team a harsh blow as they look to take on the Netherlands, Ecuador and hosts Qatar in Group A.

Mane is believed to have suffered a tendon injury, L’Equipe reveals that Mane is set to be out ‘for several weeks’ putting the Senegal coach Aliou Cisse in a tight situation as he looks to announce his team for the world stage very soon.

Bayern boss, Julian Nagelsmann had said the striker would have an X-ray to know the extent of the injury after he informed the pressmen that Mane had taken a kick on his tibia and that the blow is not a big injury.

‘He took a knock to the head of his tibia,’ he said. ‘It’s always uncomfortable. He has to have an X-ray. I hope nothing is wrong.

‘I didn’t see him after the game, I hope it’s not a big injury. But I don’t know at the moment’, the Bayern boss continued. ‘We’ll see tomorrow and then give an update.’

Just 15 minutes into their encounter with Werder Bremen the 30-year-old went down holding his right leg and signalled for Bayern’s medical team to come onto the pitch.

Mane’s absence will be felt massively in the Senegal camp – the man who has picked up 93 caps for his country and scored 34 times.

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