World Cup 2022: Sadio Mane will miss the World Cup in Qatar due to injury
Senegalese star Sadio Mane will miss the upcoming World Cup after undergoing surgery after a knee injury sustained while playing with his Bayern Munich team.
First, the Senegalese Football Association announced on Tuesday that Mane, 30, would miss his “first games” at the World Cup in Qatar.
But after another MRI scan on Thursday, it became clear that Mane needed surgery.
Mane was pushed off the field during Bayern Munich’s game against Werder Bremen on November 8th.
Bayern confirmed the player underwent “successful surgery” on Thursday to tie a tendon in his right leg.
“The striker will start his rehabilitation in Munich in the next few days,” the club added.
Senegal will start their World Cup match against the Netherlands on Monday.
The Teranga Lions play Group A against Qatar, the tournament hosts, on November 25 and Ecuador on November 29.
Mane, who has twice won the title of African of the Year, is considered the most prominent player in the Senegalese national team after becoming African champions for the first time after losing to Egypt in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations on penalties in the team’s victory in February.
Within two months, Mane repeated the feat, scoring the deciding penalty in a shoot-out as Senegal beat Egypt in a playoff game to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
Analysis: John Bennett – Doha
It would be heartbreaking for Mane a year later when everything seemed like a dream come true for him at the international level.
Thanks to his performances that allowed Senegal to win the Africa Cup of Nations and qualify for the World Cup, as well as his games in the first half of the year for Liverpool, the Bayern Munich striker finished second for the Ballon d’Or.
And only Karim Benzema stood between him and winning the award, becoming the first African player since George Weah. Mane had hoped to help Senegal reach at least the quarterfinals in Qatar.
Now it will be very difficult for Senegal to impress here in Qatar without their best players. The Senegalese national team includes other good players like Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Coulibaly and Ismaila Sarr, but Mane is their source of inspiration and a turning point. It is a sad moment for Mane and for all of Senegal.
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