Senegal's Sadio Mane ruled out of World Cup
- The striker needs surgery on a leg injury sustained in the run-up to the tournament.
- Mane was injured while playing for German club Bayern Munich.
Senegal forward Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the World Cup in Qatar in a crushing blow to his team’s chances after officials confirmed on Thursday he would need surgery on a leg injury sustained in the run-up to the tournament.
Mane had been a doubt for the west African side after injuring his right fibula playing for German club Bayern Munich.
"Unfortunately, today's (Thursday) MRI shows us that the recovery is not as favourable as we hoped and we unfortunately resolve to declare Sadio's withdrawal from the World Cup," Senegal team doctor Manuel Afonso told reporters.
The 30-year-old striker had earlier been named to the Senegal team. His decisive penalty kicks won both the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualification for his country. He suffered an injury to his right fibula in Bayern's 6-1 win against Werder Bremen. To miss Qatar 2022 is a big disappointment for him.
Here's Senegal's team to the World Cup:
GK: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
GK: Alfred Gomis (Rennes)
GK: Seny Dieng (QPR)
DF: Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea)
DF: Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiacos)
DF: Fode Ballo-Toure (AC Milan)
DF: Ismail Jakobs (Monaco)
DF: Formose Mendy (Amiens)
DF: Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig)
DF: Youssouf Sabaly (Real Betis)
MF: Idrissa Gueye (Everton)
MF: Pathe Ciss (Rayo Vallecano)
MF: Cheikhou Kouyate (Nottingham Forest)
MF: Pape Gueye (Marseille)
MF: Krepin Diatta (Monaco)
MF: Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City)
MF: Pape Matar Sarr (Tottenham)
MF: Mamadou Loum (Reading)
MF: Moustapha Name (Pafos)
FW: Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich)
FW: Boulaye Dia (Salernitana)
FW: Bamba Dieng (Marseille)
FW: Ismaila Sarr (Watford)
FW: Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United)
FW: Famara Diedhiou (Alanyaspor)
FW: Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal)
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