Sadio Mane Injured?
Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane has been forced to leave the Champions League match against Werder Bremen with an injury. The forward hobbled off the pitch with his right leg after just 20 minutes of play. His absence will be a huge blow for Senegal, who are hoping to qualify for the World Cup next summer. The injury could also spell the end of his dream of playing for his country at the 2022 World Cup.
The injury is reported to have affected the shin. It is a nasty spot that radiates into the muscles. Mane is a key player for Senegal, who beat Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations final with a penalty. Hopefully the injury is only minor and will heal quickly.
While Sadio Mane has not been formally ruled out of the World Cup, the news of his injury has caused much speculation in the soccer world. According to L’Equipe, he has ruptured a tendon in his leg. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to know for sure until the official diagnosis comes from the team.
The injury was initially thought to be not too serious, but reports have changed. The German club initially said that it was only a ‘pinched nerve’. But other reports have ruled out the player for the World Cup. In any case, Mane’s absence from the finals is a huge blow for Liverpool, who need him at full strength.
In the same match, Sadio Mane was replaced by Leroy Sane after an apparent leg injury. However, the Liverpool midfielder was still vital in the team’s success this season. He assisted Leroy Sane’s opener in the first half and then assisted Jamiala to make it 1-0. Then Werder Bremen equalised through Anthony Jung. Then Bayern scored three goals in six minutes to win the game.
With Mane out, Senegal could miss out on their talisman and open the door for Ecuador. But Cisse’s injury might only be a temporary setback for Mane, who has found his feet in Bayern. Unlike Timo Werner, Mane has been a key player in Bayern’s team, proving his value during his first season in the Bundesliga.
This is a crucial match for both teams, but the Dutch are the heavy favorites and are priced at +110 odds. Unlike Senegal, they have not lost by two goals in over two years, so it will be a tough match. If Sadio Mane is out, the Dutch will be the favorites to win the game. It has happened before and Senegal have won two World Cup openers as underdogs.