Sadio Mane of Senegal has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a leg injury while playing for Bayern Munich last week..
Last Tuesday, the 30-year-old was forced off after only 20 minutes of Bayern’s final Bundesliga match before the winter break, putting his participation in the tournament in jeopardy.
The winger was named to Senegal’s squad for the trip to Qatar, but a team spokesperson later revealed that Mane would miss the “first games” in Group A.
However, it has now been confirmed that the 2022 Ballon d’Or runner-up will not participate in the tournament after scans on his leg injury revealed that the problem is more serious than initially thought..
Senegal has been stripped of their World Cup star, with Mane having already scored the winning penalty in shootouts to win the country its first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title and secure qualification for this year’s World Cup.
With 34 international goals, the former Liverpool man is Senegal’s all-time leading scorer, and he is one of only three players to have won more than 90 caps for the Lions of Teranga.
On November 21, Aliou Cisse’s team will face the Netherlands, as well as hosts Qatar and Ecuador in Group A..
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