Why is Sadio Mane not playing for Senegal at the World Cup? Bayern Munich star set to miss whole tournament

    Sadio Mane is Senegal’s star man but he won’t be in Qatar at the World Cup.

    The forward was expected to lead the line for the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions, but he has been denied that chance.

    Mane was one of the major reasons Senegal made it to Qatar

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    Mane was one of the major reasons Senegal made it to Qatar

    Why is Sadio Mane set to miss the World Cup?

    Mane sustained an injury to the head of his right fibula during Bayern Munich’s last game before the World Cup.

    It was initially thought he wouldn’t be fit in time to play in Senegal’s opening match against the Netherlands on Monday.

    But Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse was optimistic about Mane‘s chances of being able to play in the second and third group games.

    However, earlier in the week, team doctor Manuel Afonso said in a press conference: “Unfortunately, today’s MRI says his recovery has not been as encouraging as we had hoped and we have decided to declare Sadio Mane’s withdrawal from the World Cup.”

    Bayern Munich later provided more details on Mane’s injury, which required an operation.

    “Sadio Mane underwent successful surgery in Innsbruck by Prof Christian Fink and Dr Andy Williams from London on Thursday evening,” a club statement read.

    “During the operation, a tendon was reattached to the head of his right fibula. The FC Bayern forward will therefore no longer be available to play for Senegal at the World Cup and will begin his rehab in Munich in the next few days.”

    Mane suffered the injury playing for Bayern Munich and his World Cup dreams have been crushed

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    Mane suffered the injury playing for Bayern Munich and his World Cup dreams have been crushed

    Senegal will miss their talisman

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    Senegal will miss their talisman

    Senegal begin their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands, live on talkSPORT 2, on Monday and also face hosts Qatar on November 25 and Ecuador on November 29 in Group A.

    That first match would have seen Mane reunite with Virgil van Dijk, and the Dutchman is gutted the forward won’t be involved.

    He said: “I am very sorry that Sadio misses the match against us because this World Cup simply deserves the best players, Sadio is one of them.

    “Sadio is world class, he is my friend and I will miss him.”

    Mane played a huge part in Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in February and fired in the winning penalty that saw them beat Egypt in their World Cup play-off.

    But he will have to watch from home as his teammates attempt to fill the enormous gap left by his absence.

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