Mane Back In England Following Injury Scare
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he will monitor Sadio Mane’s situation over the coming days following the Senegal international’s return to England.
Mane has pulled out of Senegal’s final World Cup qualifying game with South Africa on Tuesday and returned to Merseyside after feeling what is being described as “a slight niggle” to the hamstring injury he picked up during the last international break in October.
Senegal defeated South Africa in Polokwane on Friday to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002. They face the South Africans again in Dakar on Tuesday, a match Mane will miss.
“First and foremost, I have to say big congratulations to Senegal on the achievement of qualifying for the World Cup,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“This is fantastic news for their country and the players – Sadio included.
“Specifically on him returning to Melwood early to be with us; obviously it is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days.
“At this stage we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.
“There has been really strong communication between ourselves and the Senegal team management to ensure the player is properly protected and looked after.
“We respect how important he is for Senegal and therefore it must always be the case that they get to make the decision when he is under their care.”
Mane was out of action for a month after picking up a hamstring injury late on during Senegal’s victory over Cape Verde at the beginning of October. That followed a three-match suspension following his kick to the head on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson during Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat at the Etihad.
The 25-year-old has played six Premier League matches for Liverpool so far this season scoring three goals for the Reds.