Senegal forward Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the 2022 World Cup after undergoing surgery on the leg injury he sustained in Bayern Munich's meeting with Werder Bremen on Bundesliga Matchday 14.
"Sadio Mane underwent successful surgery," Bayern confirmed on Thursday. "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."
Mane, who has produced 11 goals and four assists for Bayern this season, suffered the injury on 8 November, in the record champions' penultimate Bundesliga fixture of the calendar year. Despite the setback, the 30-year-old was still included in the Senegal squad for the World Cup, in the hope he would be fit come the latter stages of the groups.
Mane's enforced withdrawal from Senegal's World Cup squad mars an otherwise memorable year for the Bayern striker. He won the African Cup of Nations in February, before firing his country to the World Cup finals in a play-off win over Egypt.
The former Liverpool forward was named African Player of the Year for his efforts and finished second behind Karim Benzema in the 2022 Ballon d'Or vote, whilst winning the inaugural Socrates Award for his charitable work in his homeland.
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Mane will now focus on his recovery ahead of the opening Rückrunde fixture between Bundesliga leaders Bayern and third-placed RB Leipzig on 20 January 2023. However, as of yet, there is no projected timeline on his return to first-team action.
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