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Sadio Mane out of World Cup

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TO MISS BIG STAGE—Mane

Sadio Mane has reportedly been ruled out of Senegal’s World Cup campaign after limping off during Bayern Munich’s clash against Werder Bremen with a tendon injury.

The former Liverpool forward was taken off just 20 minutes into Bayern’s 6-1 win over Bremen on Tuesday night — leading to huge fears about his fitness for Qatar less than two weeks before the tournament begins.

According to L’Equipe, he will play no part in the competition, dealing the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions a massive blow.

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Senegal are due to play Holland, Ecuador and hosts Qatar in the group stage.

Mane is believed to have suffered a tendon injury, L’Equipe adds, and is set for ‘several weeks out’, handing his national team coach Aliou Cisse a major headache just days before announcing his World Cup squad.

His Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann said the player would have an X-ray to determine the extent of the injury after initially saying he had taken a blow to his tibia — and that he was hopeful it was ‘not a big injury’.

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“He took a knock to the head of his tibia,” he said. “It’s always uncomfortable. He has to have an X-ray. I hope nothing is wrong.

“I didn’t see him after the game, I hope it’s not a big injury. But I don’t know at the moment,” the Bayern boss continued.”— Dailymail.co.uk

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