Senegal forward Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar because of the leg injury he sustained while playing for Bayern Munich last week.
Mane was taken off during the first half of Bayern Munich’s 6-1 triumph over Werder Bremen.
The 30-year-old was included in Senegal’s World Cup roster by coach Aliou Cisse with the hope that he will be fit enough to play in the later part of the tournament.
On Tuesday, Senegal’s football federation said Mane would miss their “first games” at the tournament but further tests have since been done, and the federation announced on Thursday that Mane will be our of the mundial.
Two-time African Footballer of the Year Mane is Senegal’s star performer and talisman. In February, when the Teranga Lions defeated Egypt in a penalty shootout to win the Africa Cup of Nations, Mane scored the decisive penalty that gave Senegal its first continental championship.
And in a crucial play-off to qualify for the Qatar World Cup, Senegal defeated Egypt on penalties in a match in which Mane faced off against his former Liverpool teammate Mohammed Salah.
Mane repeated the feat, scoring the winning spot-kick as Senegal prevailed.
With 34 goals in 93 appearances, Mane is his nation’s all-time leading scorer.
African champions, Senegal will start their Group A campaign at the mundial against the Netherlands on 21 November.
They are in Group A with games against hosts Qatar (25 November) and Ecuador (29 November) to follow.