DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Senegalese star Sadio Mané has been ruled out of the World Cup after undergoing surgery for his leg injury, Bayern Munich and the Senegalese football federation announced Thursday.
Bayern say Mane, 30, underwent surgery in Innsbruck, Austria on Thursday night to reattach a tendon to the head of his right fibula bone, treating an injury he suffered while playing for Bayern in a German league game against Werder Bremen on November 1. 8.
“The FC Bayern striker will therefore no longer be available to play for Senegal at the World Cup and will begin his rehab in Munich in the coming days,” Bayern said.
Senegal team doctor Manuel Afonso earlier announced the end of Mane’s lingering hopes of at least playing a role in the World Cup.
“Unfortunately, today’s MRI shows us that progress has not been as favorable as we had hoped,” Afonso said. “The result is unfortunately that we take Sadio out of the World Cup.”
Reigning African champions Senegal had hoped that Mané, two-time African player of the year, could return at some point in the tournament.
Most of the Senegalese squad arrived in Qatar for the World Cup on Sunday. The team’s first match in Qatar is against the Netherlands on Monday.
Senegal host Qatar four days after facing the Netherlands. His last match in Group A is against Ecuador on November 29.
Senegal won their first major African Cup title in February when Mané scored the winning penalty in a shootout to beat Egypt in the final. Mané also scored the winning penalty in a qualifier that sealed a place for Senegal in Qatar.
Senegal – along with Mané – have been rated by many as the best African side to ever feature at a World Cup.
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