Bayern Munich and Senegal forward Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar due to a leg injury he sustained.

Mane picked up an injury to his right fibula in Bayern’s 6-1 Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen last week.

He was named in Senegal’s 26-man squad for the World Cup. But the 30-year-old will not feature in Qatar after being unable to recover from the injury.

On Tuesday, Senegal’s football federation said the reigning Africa footballer of the year would miss their “first games” of the tournament. But it seems head coach Aliou Cisse will now have to plan without the star man.


Another MRI scan was made on Thursday that showed surgical intervention is needed. This forced the player to remain in Germany and not join his Senegal teammates in Qatar.

Senegal will start their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on Monday.

They are in Group A and will also play against hosts Qatar on 25 November and Ecuador on 29 November.

Sadio Mane to miss some World Cup matches
Sadio Mane to miss World Cup matches


Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Alfred Gomis, Seny Diang

Defenders: Bouna Sarr, Saliou Ciss, Kalidou Koulibaly, Pape Abou Cisse, Abdou Diallo, Ibrahima Mbaye, Abdoulaye Seck, Fode Ballo Toure, Cheikhou Kouyate.

Midfielders: Pape Matar Sarr, Pape Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Moustapha Name, M. Loum Ndiaye, Joseph Lopy.

Forwards: Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Bamba Dieng, Keita Balde, Habib Diallo, Boulaye Dia, Famara Diedhiou, Mame Babe Thiam.

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The Senegalese FA have revealed that star player Sadio Mane will miss his team’s first games at the World Cup because of a leg injury.

Board member Abdoulaye Sow said Senegal will have to cope without their best player for the start of the tournament.

“We will have to rely on playing the first games without Sadio and win without Sadio. Because we have 25 players apart from Sadio,” he said.

“No one would have wanted it, but that’s what’s happened to us.”


Sow didn’t specify how many games Mane is expected to miss. There has been no official word from Senegal or Bayern Munich.

Mane was injured a week ago in a Bundesliga game between Bayern and Werder Bremen. He was substituted in the 20th minute of Bayern’s 6-1 win. Bayern said the two-time African player of the year has an injury to the head of the fibula bone in his lower right leg.

Sadio Mane and Senegal teammates
Sadio Mane and Senegal teammates

Most of Senegal’s squad arrived in Qatar for the World Cup on Sunday without Mane. The team’s first game in Qatar against the Netherlands is on Monday.

But Mane was still waiting for more tests by the Bayern medical team.

Senegal, the reigning African champions, plays hosts Qatar four days after they face Netherlands. Their final game in Group A is against Ecuador on Nov. 29.

Mane was named in Senegal’s 26-man World Cup squad last week by coach Aliou Cisse.


But Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann had cast doubt Friday on Mane’s participation. He said the player would be sidelined for at least another 10 days even before follow-up tests to determine the precise extent of the injury.

“It’s obvious that Senegal would like him to play,” Nagelsmann said.

“But if he’s in pain, he can’t play. The medical things are more important than the sporting ones. That’s the case with us and also with everyone else.”