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Mane suffers injury, Bayern sure he’ll be in Qatar

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BAYERN Munich have confirmed Sadio Mane will miss their match at the weekend with an injury that could end his chances of playing at the World Cup.

  Mane was seen hobbling off the pitch just 20 minutes into their Bundesliga clash at home to Werder Bremen Tuesday night.

  The news is a potential hammer blow for Senegal and another disappointment for Qatar 2022, which appears set to lose another of its big-name players.

  Assistant coach, Dino Toppmoeller allayed fears over Mane’s fitness after Bayern’s huge 6-1 victory, saying the problem is not ‘too serious’, but boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted they will know more after a scan.

  Reports from French outlet, L’Equipe claimed it’s not good news, with a report on yesterday morning saying his World Cup dream is over. Another French outlet, RMC Sport, per Get French Football News, have reported that he will be available, however.

  However, Bayern haven’t ruled Mane out of the finals in Qatar as they revealed the nature of the injury the 30-year-old has sustained.

  A statement read: “Sadio Mane has suffered an injury to the head of his right fibula in FC Bayern’s 6-1 win against Werder Bremen. Africa’s Footballer of the Year will miss Saturday’s game against Schalke.

  “Further examinations will follow in the coming days. FC Bayern is also in contact with the medical staff of the Senegalese Football Association.”

  If Mane does miss the World Cup it will be a huge blow for Senegal to lose their talisman superstar, with manager, Aliou Ciss set to announce his final squad on Friday.

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  Senegal are due to begin their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on November 21. They also face Ecuador and host nation, Qatar in Group A.

  After the Werden Breman game, Bayern No.2 Toppmoeller played down Mane’s injury as ‘nerve pain’ and claimed he should be fit in time for the World Cup.

  “Sadio Mane was hit on the leg, which caused him a little nerve pain,” Toppmoeller told reporters.

  “Nothing too serious and his participation in the World Cup should not be in jeopardy.”

  Bayern boss Nagelsmann later said the two-time African Footballer of the Year would undergo scans on the injury.

  “I can’t say anything for sure, he took a blow to the head of his shin – that’s an unpleasant spot, it radiates a bit into the muscles,” Nagelsmann said.

  “I think he has to go to the X-ray to see if there is something there, because it is splintering easily. But I hope that nothing is wrong. I can’t say anything for sure yet.”

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