Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the 2022 World Cup with a leg injury, Senegal have confirmed.
The Bayern Munich striker appeared doubtful for the early stages of the tournament after injuring his right fibula, but was selected in hopes he would be fit to play after the ‘first games’.
Thursday evening, November 17, the Senegal team doctor, Manuel Afonso, announced that he could not recover from his injury in time, and that he would therefore withdraw from the workforce.
“Unfortunately, today [Thursday] The MRI shows us that the improvement is not as favorable as we imagined and unfortunately we have to withdraw Sadio from the World Cup,” Afonso said in a video on Senegal’s official Twitter account.
Mane picked up the injury in Bayern Munich’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen in the penultimate leg of Bundesliga games ahead of the tournament in Qatar.
He was substituted after just 20 minutes and the club diagnosed with a ‘head of the fibula bone injury in his lower right leg’ the next day.
German media reports that the former Liverpool man will undergo surgery in Innsbruck, Austria on Thursday evening.
Mane’s absence will be a blow for the African champions. They will face hosts Qatar, Ecuador and the Netherlands in their group and could face England in the first knockout round.