Senegal star Sadio Mane has misplaced his race to be match for the 2022 World Cup and has been dropped from his squad, the nation’s soccer federation introduced on Thursday.
His membership Bayern Munich later added that the 30-year-old, who was voted runner-up within the Ballon d’Or final month behind Karim Benzema, had undergone a “successful operation” in Innsbruck through which “a tendon was put back in the head on his right calf. “.
Bayern mentioned Mane “will begin his rehab in Munich in the next few days”.
The absence of the talismanic man is a large blow to the Senegalese. He scored the profitable penalty in a shootout win towards Egypt within the African Cup of Nations remaining and repeated the feat towards the identical opposition to qualify the Lions of Teranga for the World Cup.
Voted African Footballer of the Yr for his exploits, Mane has scored 33 instances in 92 video games for Senegal.
He picked up his shin damage whereas enjoying for Bayern earlier this month however was named within the World Cup squad within the hope he may regain health.
However on Thursday, Senegal mentioned the previous Liverpool star wouldn’t make it.
“Unfortunately, today’s (Thursday) MRI shows us that the improvement is not as favorable as we imagined and unfortunately we have to withdraw Sadio from the World Cup,” crew physician Manuel Afonso mentioned in a video on the official Senegal Twitter account.
Senegal had initially hoped the ahead can be slot in time for his or her opening sport on November 21 towards the Netherlands.
They may also tackle hosts Qatar and Ecuador in Group A.
Senegal’s soccer federation chief Augustin Senghor advised AFP on Thursday there was no panic over the loss, saying the participant’s well being had been essential of their resolution.
“We’ve been ready for this since the news of his injury,” Senghor mentioned.
“We had been waiting for new test results and when they came in we all agreed that his health had to come first.”
Requested how the crew had taken the blow, Senghor replied: “Zen”.
However Senegal worldwide Pape Gueye advised AFP that Mane can be missed.
“Mane is irreplaceable,” he mentioned.
“But we have other options on the flank, and that is a ray of hope on a dark day for Senegal.”
Having named Mane in his World Cup squad every week in the past, coach Aliou Cisse was optimistic however cautious.
“Losing Sadio Mane is not an easy thing for a coach, for the team, not even for African football,” he mentioned.
Mane had been in Munich receiving therapy together with his membership.