It’s a sad day for former Liverpool star Sadio Mane and the Senegal national team as the forward has been officially ruled out of the World Cup.
The news was confirmed by the Senegalese federation and has since been relayed on Twitter by Fabrizio Romano.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 17, 2022
The 30-year-old attacker has been in fine form for Bayern Munich since his switch away from L4 this summer, amassing 15 goal contributions in 23 games (across all competitions) this season.
We at the Empire of the Kop would like to firstly wish the former Anfield favourite well in his recovery efforts.
It’s a huge shame that players of the calibre of Mane, Bobby Firmino and Mo Salah – a forward line that once dominated the European stage – won’t be gracing the turf. That’s not forgetting either the absence of Diogo Jota after a calf injury sustained during the 1-0 win over Manchester City ensured he’d be out of action until late January at the earliest.
There’s no question that our former No.10 will be a big miss in Qatar, though we hope the issue doesn’t keep him out of action for a prolonged period of time.