This is really, really odd.
And something that will no doubt drive Jurgen Klopp up the wall, considering our manager took a swipe at Gareth Southgate last week for picking Jordan Henderson consecutively.
Senegal have called up Sadio Mane for their international fixtures against South Africa on November 10th and 14th.
This is despite the fact that Mane injured his hamstring on October 10 it was reported by liverpoolfc.com that he’d be out for six weeks at least.
South Africa’s fixtures are around four weeks after the tear, but Aliou Cisse reckons he’ll be fit.
“In my mind, there is no doubt he will be with us for the double-header against South Africa and that he will be 100 percent fit,” he said, reported by TIA.
“Until now, he has just been doing some individual training—running in straight lines.
“But from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball.”
This is ridiculous.
Yes, Senegal need to get through their qualifier, but Mane is injured. Cisse may have ‘no doubt’, but club doctors do and have ruled him out until the end of November as a result.
Klopp hates injured players being pushed too hard and is going to hit the wall when he sees this.
It’ll be interesting to see Mane’s response…
Will our best player play through an injury to help his country qualify for the World Cup against Liverpool’s wishes?