Bayern Munich Star Sadio Mané will be absent from Senegal’s first matches World Cup 2022. The striker suffered a leg injury in Bayern’s Bundesliga game against Werder Bremen a week ago. Although German coaches initially thought the injury was not serious, Mane will now miss several World Cup games.
Senegal Football Federation board member Abdoulaye Sow has confirmed the bad news about the player. “We will have to rely on playing the first games without Sadio and winning without Sadio because we have 25 players outside of Sadio,” Sow told the Associated Press. “No one would have wanted it, but that’s what happened to us.”
Mané is undoubtedly Senegal’s biggest goal threat. The 30-year-old striker has racked up 34 international goals in 92 appearances with the African nation. While Senegal have a very talented squad overall, Mané is their most important player.
Senegal could go far in the World Cup with Mané
Mall experts chose the Teranga Lions to go far in the World Cup in Qatar. Although they are currently only ranked 18th by FIFA, Senegal have a solid team from front to back. Alongside Mané, Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Idrissa Gueye, Ismaila Sarr and Nicolas Jackson highlight a deep roster.
Senegal start their World Cup in Qatar against the Netherlands on Monday November 21. The opening game will most likely be their toughest group stage match of the tournament. After the Netherlands, Senegal then face Qatar and Ecuador to complete Group A.
Sadio Mané absent from the first matches of the World Cup
If we now know that Mané will miss several games, it remains to be seen how long he will remain on the sidelines. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann, however, previously claimed Mane would be out of action until at least November 21. Only then would further tests prove how serious the injury is.
“It’s obvious that Senegal would like him to play”, Nagelsmann said. “But if he’s in pain, he can’t play. Medical things are more important than sports. This is the case with us and also with everyone.
Senegal seem hopeful and patient with their injured star. The current African champions will most likely need Mané to make a deep run in Qatar.
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