Sadio Mane: Senegal confident Bayern Munich star will play at World Cup after squad selection

Mane’s hopes of leading his country in the inaugural winter tournament this month appeared to have been dashed earlier this week after suffering a knee injury just 20 minutes into Bayern’s 6-1 Bundesliga loss to Werder Bream.

Initial reports suggested after analysis that the former Liverpool striker would indeed be left out of the World Cup before it was later pointed out that it was too early to tell.

As Fifa’s official deadline for final squads approaches on Monday, Senegal named their 26-man squad for Qatar on Friday morning, with Mane included as the title alongside a group of Premier League players, including the Chelsea duo Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, Tottenham’s Pape Matar. Sarr, Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, Nottingham Forest’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Leicester man Nampalys Mendy.

Their travel group also includes Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, as well as QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng, Reading loanee Mamadou Loum and Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye.

Sadio Mane is part of Senegal’s last squad for the World Cup despite knee injury problems

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And Senegal coach Cissé seems confident Mane will be able to feature for Senegal, who start their campaign against the Netherlands at Al Thumama on November 21 ahead of further Group A meetings with hosts Qatar (November 25) and Portugal. Ecuador (November 29).

“It’s very good news and now we have the chance to try and get him back into shape for the tournament. We now have two weeks to observe and see how the injury responds to the treatment,” Cisse said of the match. inclusion of Mane.

“I prefer to keep him in the team because he is such an important part of us. We will do everything in our power to make sure we can get Mane back in time to play.


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