Sadio Mane will miss Senegal’s “first games” of the World Cup due to injury, according to a Senegalese Football Federation official..
After suffering a fibula injury earlier this month, the Bayern Munich forward’s place in Qatar 2022 appeared to be in jeopardy, but he was named to Aliou Cisse’s 26-man squad.
However, Mane will not play in Senegal’s next Group A match against the Netherlands, and Senegalese Football Federation board member Abdoulaye Sow has revealed that this will not be his only absence..
Senegal will play Qatar next Thursday before facing Ecuador in the final group match on November 29..
As stated by Sow: “Senegal will have to deal with the absence of its best player at the start of the tournament and not complain too much.
“Because we have 25 players other than Sadio, we will have to rely on playing the first games without Sadio and winning without Sadio.
“No one would have wanted it, but it happened to us.”
Mane helped Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations this year, and he has made an impressive start to his Bayern Munich career since joining from Liverpool.
The 30-year-old’s injury will keep him from facing former Reds teammate Virgil van Dijk next week..