After suffering an injury just before the World Cup 2022 with Bayern Munich, will Sadio Mane play Senegals’s first group stage match against the Netherlands?
The ex-Liverpool winger has no doubt established himself as one of the best players in world football. He was immense in the Premier League and now is taking the Bundesliga by storm with the German giants of Munich.
He’s also impressed internationally for Senegal, leading them to glory in the African Cup of Nations. He’ll be looking to replicate this form in the World Cup, however, with the injury coming at the worst possible time, it’s dubious as to when he will actually feature.
So this begs the question, will Sadio Mane play in the first group stage game against the Netherlands? Find out everything you need to know below.
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Will Sadio Mane be available to face the Netherlands?
DAKAR, SENEGAL – MARCH 26: Sadio Mane looks on during a friendly match between Senegal and Mali after both teams qualified for the 2019 CAN held in Egypt, on March 26, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal. (Photo by Xaume Olleros/Getty Images)
Unfortunately for Senegal fans and fans of football alike, Sadio Mane will NOT be available to face the Netherlands in the World Cup 2022 group stage.
This is a massive blow for Senegal, as no doubt the Netherlands is their toughest group stage game, which will probably ultimately decide the overall victor of their group.
This means that the Netherlands are now probably in the driving seat to win this fixture, with Virgil van Dijk no longer having to deal with the menace that is Mane.
Senegal still does have a plethora of talent, such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy and Ismaila Sarr – but it’s simply undeniable that Mane will be a huge loss for them.
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When will Sadio Mane be available for Senegal in the World Cup 2022?
DAKAR, SENEGAL – MARCH 26: Sadio Mane looks on as he sits in the bench ahead of a friendly match between Senegal and Mali after both teams qualified for the 2019 CAN held in Egypt, on March 26, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal. (Photo by Xaume Olleros/Getty Images)
It is unknown as of yet when Mane will be available for Senegal in the World Cup 2022. As mentioned previously, he is definitely out for the game against the Netherlands but could make a return against Qatar four days later depending on his recovery time.
We wish Mane all the best on his recovery and hope to see the Senegalese forward lighting up the tournament very soon!
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