Sadio Mane is having an operation in London tomorrow and will be on the sidelines for eight weeks, which rules him out for the rest of the season, Times journalist Paul Joyce has reported.
Sadio Mane to have operation in London tomorrow on left knee. Likely to be out 8 weeks
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) April 10, 2017
The Senegalese, our top scorer this term with 13 Premier League goals, injured his knee in the Merseyside Derby, having given us the lead, and we’ll sadly be without the talismanic attacker until 2017/18.
On Saturday versus Stoke, we won our first league game of the season without Mane, but that was due to the individual brilliance of Coutinho and Roberto Firmino rather than an accomplished team performance.
Mane has probably been our Player of the Season, despite missing our busy January due to his participation at the African Cup of Nations.
Many were surprised when we shelled out big money to buy the 25-year-old, preferring Mario Gotze, but while the German’s been awful on his return to Dortmund, Mane has shone.
He’s not only quick, but feisty, and backs up his excellent physical qualities with skill and superb finishing.
While he’s gone, our Brazilians needs to be at their brilliant best, and we could do with one of Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi coming good, too.