Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich has been chosen for Senegal’s World Cup squad despite being injured.
On Friday morning, the West African nation unveiled their official 26-man squad for the World Cup, which starts later this month.
According to an earlier The Site News story, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said that the nation would engage witch doctors to help Mane with his fitness.
Tuesday’s 6-1 Bundesliga victory against Werder Bremen saw Mane hobble off the field after 20 minutes, and Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann said the 30-year-old will have an X-ray to determine the extent of the injury.
Then, the French news site L’Equipe reported that the injury was a devastating blow for the defending champions, as Qatar 2022 World Cup begins in less than two weeks.
Senegal seems to be content to give up a spot in their squad in the hopes that the 2022 Ballon d’Or runner-up would be able to make a World Cup appearance.
Senegal’s full squad for World Cup:
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea), Seny Dieng (QPR), Alfred Gomis (Rennes).
Defenders: Youssouf Sabaly (Real Betis), Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea), Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig), Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiacos), Formose Mendy (Amiens), Fode Ballo-Toure (AC Milan), Ismail Jakobs (Monaco).
Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (Nottingham Forest), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester), Pape Gueye (Marseille), Pape Sarr (Tottenham), Moustapha Name (Pafos), Mamadou Loum (Reading), Pathe Ciss (Rayo Vallecano), Krepin Diatta (Monaco).
Forwards: Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), Ismaila Sarr (Watford), Bamba Dieng (Marseille), Boulaye Dia (Salernitana), Famara Diedhiou (Alanyaspor), Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal), Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United).