Senegal-World Cup

Senegal: Injury casts doubt over Mane's W/Cup hopes

APA-Dakar (Senegal)

Senegal talisman, Sadio Mane's hopes of taking part in the football World Cup in Qatar in less than two weeks has been dealt a serious blow after he picked up a leg injury in Bayern Munich's 6-1 thumping of Bundesliga opponents Werder Bremen.

30-year-old Mane's right fibula was swollen after a challenge on him prompting him to limp off the pitch after only 13 minutes of Tuesday's Bundesliga match. 

The injury comes thirteen days to the Teranga Lions' opening World Cup campaign against the Netherlands and appears more serious than initially thought according to football sources. 

Senegal's other Group A opponents are World Cup hosts Qatar and Ecuador. 

As a result of the injury, the Senegal international who is a pivot for the West African nation's chances at the World Cup will not feature in Bayern Munich's next game against Schalke on Saturday. 

His club initially downplayed the seriousness of the injury, saying it did not threaten Mane's participation in the World Cup which kicks off in Qatar on November 20th. 

They said their officials have been in touch with the Senegalese FA over Mane's injury but did not give further details.

Mane, who was named African Footballer of the Year twice scored the winner over Egypt in a post-match penalty to clinch Senegal's first African Cup of Nations trophy in February 2022.

Teranga Lions coach Aliou Cisse will name his squad for the World Cup on Friday.


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