Senegal star Sadio Mané is effectively ruled out of the 2022 World Cup after undergoing surgery in Innsbruck, Austria Thursday evening.
The 30-year-old forward sustained an injury to his right fibula in Bayern’s 6-1 Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen last Tuesday.
Despite the injury, Mané was named in Senegal’s 26-man squad for the global event in Qatar.
On Tuesday, Senegal’s football federation said Mane would miss their “first games” of the tournament but head coach Aliou Cisse will now have to plan without his star man.
But the reigning African Player of the Year no longer has a chance after going through surgery
Bayern Munich say a tendon was reattached to the head of his right fibula during the successful process.
A club statement read:
“Sadio Mané underwent successful surgery in Innsbruck by Prof Christian Fink and Dr Andy Williams from London on Thursday evening. During the operation, a tendon was reattached to the head of his right fibula. The FC Bayern forward will therefore no longer be available to play for Senegal at the World Cup and will begin his rehab in Munich in the next few days. Africa’s Player of the Year suffered the injury during the German record champions’ 6-1 win over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on 8 November.”
The reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions start their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on Monday.
That is followed by Group A games against hosts Qatar on November 25 and Ecuador on November 29.
Mané was crucial in Senegal’s first-ever Afcon win in February as he scored the winning penalty as the Teranga Lions beat Egypt in a penalty shootout in the final.
Then in late March, Mané also scored the decisive spot-kick as Senegal once again beat Egypt on penalties in a play-off to qualify for Qatar.