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Bayern Insist Senegal’s Sadio Mane Not Out of World Cup Yet Despite Initial Reports

Sadio Mane is not yet out of the World Cup, despite reports suggesting that a reported tendon injury in his Bayern Munich side’s 6-1 Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen on Tuesday would cost him the tournament.

As reported by Eurosport, the Senegal forward appeared to be involved in a relatively innocuous collision with Werder defender Amos Pieper during the first-half, but with his country’s first match of the Qatar showpiece in just 12 days time, it was reported that – according to L’Equipe – Mane’s issue would be enough to see him miss out.

However, Bayern’s official report later on Wednesday said that whilst the forward would miss Saturday’s game with Schalke, there would be further tests to see the extent of the injury. They also added that they are in contact with Senegal’s medical staff.

The Bayern 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.”
Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann had initially said of the injury post-match: “It’s an unpleasant spot, it radiates a bit into the muscles.

“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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