November 11, 2022 16:34:19 IST
Dakar: Sadio Mané was included in Senegal’s World Cup squad on Friday, just three days after a lower right leg injury put the star player’s participation in doubt.
Senegal coach Aliou Cissé named the Bayern Munich forward in his 26-man squad to the relief of a nation that had been fretting over whether Mané would be able to lead Senegal’s challenge in Qatar.
Senegal open their World Cup campaign against Netherlands in Group A on 21 November, giving Mané 10 days to recover.
Bayern had said Mané will miss this weekend’s game against Schalke in the Bundesliga because of the injury.
Mané is the focus of a Senegal team that won their first African Cup of Nations title this year and is rated by many as the best African team to ever go to a World Cup.
Senegal will play hosts Qatar, the Netherlands and Ecuador in Group A.
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