Sadio Mane’s World Cup Hopes Kept Alive Following Inclusion in Senegal Squad

Sadio Mane with Liverpool in 2019
Sadio Mane with Liverpool in 2019. Photo by Magi Haroun/REX/Shutterstock (10202829t)

Sadio Mane’s hopes of appearing at the 2022 World Cup have been kept alive following Senegal’s decision to include him in their final World Cup squad. This comes after the player was initially believed to be ruled out of the tournament through injury.

Mane, who was injured while playing for Bayern Munich against Werder Breman last weekend, is still widely viewed as a crucial player in Senegal’s lineup, with national team coach Aliou Cisse expressing his confidence in Mane’s ability to recover in time for the tournament.

“That’s very good news and we now have the chance to try and get him fit for the tournament. We now have two weeks to observe and see how the injury reacts to treatment,” Cisse explained, adding, “I prefer to keep him in the squad because he is such an important part of us.”

Cisse justified his decision by drawing comparisons with Watford forward Ismaila Sarr, who was included in the Senegal squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations tournament in January. While injured going into the tournament, Sarr recovered after the first round and was able to rejoin the team as they went on to win the competition.