Mane To Miss Senegal’s First Games Of World Cup

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Senegal forward Sadio Mane will miss the nation’s "first games" of the World Cup in Qatar due to injury.

The 30-year-old striker was named last week in Senegal's 26-man squad for the World Cup despite picking up an injury to his right fibula playing for Bayern Munich in the run-up to the tournament.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said Mane did not require surgery but hopes of him lining up against the Netherlands on 21 November appear slim.

"We will have to rely on playing the first games without Sadioand win without Sadio because we have 25 players apart from Sadio. No one would have wanted it, but that's what's happened to us," he said.