Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mané has made the Senegal team for the World Cup, which was unveiled by manager Aliou Cissé on Friday morning. This comes after the 30-year-old was substituted after 20 minutes in Bayern’s 6-1 win against Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
Mané was substituted after taking a knock to the head of his fibula. Bayern confirmed that following morning that Africa’s Footballer of the Year would miss Saturday’s game against Schalke and that further examinations would take place.
In an exclusive interview with Europe 1, Fatma Samoura, the Senegalese FIFA General Secretary has said that Senegal will use witch doctors in order to ensure Sadio Mané’s participation in the upcoming World Cup.
During Cissé’s squad announcement, the former PSG and Portsmouth midfielder said: “We are monitoring the situation and have sent one of our doctors to assess him. 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. We want the situation to evolve in two-three weeks. I don’t want to rule him out.”
It’s unlikely that Mané would be fit enough for Senegal’s opening game against the Netherlands on November 21 but with matches against Qatar and Ecuador to follow, the Bayern forward may just get some playing time at the World Cup, should the player’s injury not have a reaction when training.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder