Sadio Mane is OUT of the World Cup as Senegal finally admit their star man will not recover in time to take ANY part in the tournament in crushing blow for AFCON champions
Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the World Cup after being unable to recover from injury in time, in a cruel blow to Senegal.
Mane suffered a leg injury in Bayern Munich’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen earlier this month, which put into doubt his hopes of competing at the tournament.
The German champions said at the time that the forward had an injury ‘to the head of his right fibula’.
He was included in Senegal’s squad for the tournament in Qatar despite his tournament participation being put in doubt.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse had been optimistic when discussing Mane’s injury earlier this month, but the Bayern forward has now been ruled out of the showpiece event, after the news was confirmed by the Senegalese Football Federation.
Cisse had said earlier this month following the injury: ‘We are monitoring the situation and we sent a doctor from the federation.
‘On Thursday, Sadio spent the whole day in Munich before travelling to Austria for further tests. The good news is that he does not need an operation.
‘It is important to continue to monitor his injury and hope that in two or three weeks there is a change. We will give everything to have Sadio back.’
Senegal, who won the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, with Mane a key part of their triumph, revealed that would even use witch witch doctors to cure his injury in a bid to race him to the World Cup in Qatar.
Fatma Samoura, the Secretary General of FIFA and a former Senegalese diplomat and senior executive, said last week the country will go to extreme methods to ensure he is present, admitting they are not even sure if the unorthodox technique will work but that they are hoping for ‘miracles’.
‘We are going to use witch doctors,’ she told Europe 1. ‘I don’t know (if they’re effective) but in this instance, we’re going to use them anyway. We are hoping for miracles. He has to be there!’
Mane, who has 34 goals in 93 caps for his country and is a the two-time African player of the year, was pivotal to the African champions’ hopes of progressing to the knockout stages and his injury is a heartbreaking blow to his nation.
Sadio Mane is set to miss the World Cup after being unable to recover from injury in time