Following the surgery that put an end to his vague chance of representing Senegal at the World Cup, Sadio Mane may spend several months on the sidelines.
The Bayern Munich forward underwent an operation on Thursday that was described as a success by the team.
In a statement, Bayern said: “During the operation, a tendon was reattached to the head of his right fibula.
“The FC Bayern forward will therefore no longer be available to play for Senegal at the World Cup and will begin his rehab in Munich in the next few days.”
Mane’s recovery is not expected to be quick, according to numerous reports in Germany; the former Liverpool forward is predicted to miss three to four months of action.
Mane suffered the leg injury while participating in Bayern’s 6-1 victory over Werder Bremen last week. He was the African player of the year.
In the hopes that he would be available for the World Cup knockout rounds, he was initially deemed healthy enough to be included in Aliou Cisse’s 26-man Senegal squad. However, subsequent medical exams revealed the need for surgery.
Senegalese Football Federation statement on Mane injury
The Senegalese Football Federation issued a brief statement that read, “The FSF wishes a speedy recovery to its player Sadio Mane.”
On Monday, Senegal will play the Netherlands in Group A before playing Qatar and Ecuador.
Bayern is scheduled to face RB Leipzig on January 20 as they resume their Bundesliga campaign. They were on the verge of winning their 11th straight German league championship as they entered the World Cup break.
They have games against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League’s round of 16 scheduled for February 14 and March 8.