With only 11 days till the World Cup, Senegal has been dealt a difficult blow. Sadio Mane had to be replaced in the 20th minute of Bayern Munich’s game against Werder Bremen, and L’Equipe of France reports that he might not make the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The Senegal star is dealing with a hamstring injury and will likely be out for a few weeks.
His absence would be a huge blow for coach Aliou Cisse, who would be forced to modify a list of players he had practically finalized before traveling to Qatar.
November 14 is the deadline for the 32 national teams to send their call-ups to FIFA.
Mane’s injury and World Cup withdrawal have not yet been officially announced by Bayern or the Senegalese national team.
“He was hit on the top of the shin. This place is unpleasant. To make it clear, an X-ray is required “Julian Nagelsmann’s comments during the post-game press conference.
On November 21, Senegal will begin their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands in Group A, which also includes Ecuador and the host nation Qatar.
The 30-year-old captain, who converted a penalty kick to beat Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations championship game, stopped sprinting after experiencing pain in his right knee and lay down for three minutes while receiving medical attention from the team’s medical personnel.
Mane’s pain and concern suggested the worst and he was immediately replaced by Leroy Sane.