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Sadio Mane expected to miss matches at 2022 World Cup

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Dakar, Senegal –

Senegal striker Sadio Mane will miss his team’s “first matches” at the World Cup with a leg injury, a member of the Senegal Football Federation board said on Tuesday.

Abdoulaye Sow said Senegal will have to go without their best player for the start of the tournament and “not whine too much”.

“We will have to rely on playing the first games without Sadio and winning without Sadio because we have 25 players apart from Sadio,” Sow said. “No one would have wanted it, but that’s what happened to us.”

Sow did not say how many games Mane is expected to miss, and there has been no official word from Senegal or Bayern Munich.

Mane was injured a week ago in a German league match between Bayern and Werder Bremen. He was substituted in the 20th minute of Bayern’s 6-1 win. Bayern said the two-time African Player of the Year had a fibula head injury in the lower right leg.

Most of the Senegalese squad arrived in Qatar for the World Cup on Sunday without Mané. The team’s first match in Qatar against the Netherlands will take place on Monday, but Mane was still awaiting further tests from Bayern’s medical team.

Reigning African champions Senegal face Qatar four days after facing the Netherlands. His last match in Group A is against Ecuador on November 29.

Mane was named in Senegal’s 26-man World Cup squad last week by coach Aliou Cissé, who said at the time that Senegal hoped Mane would still be ready for the start of the tournament. But Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann had cast doubt on Mane’s involvement on Friday when he said the player would be sidelined for at least 10 days even before follow-up tests to determine the precise extent of the illness. wound.

“It’s obvious that Senegal would like him to play,” Nagelsmann said. “But if he’s in pain, he can’t play. The medical aspects are more important than the sporting aspects. That’s the case for us and also for everyone.”

Senegal won their first major African Cup title in February when Mane scored the winning penalty in a shootout to beat Egypt in the final. Mane also scored the winning penalty in a qualifier that sealed a place for Senegal in Qatar.

Senegal – along with Mane – are considered by many to be the best African side to ever compete in a World Cup.

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