- Mane major doubt for World Cup
- Knee injury has been assessed
- Set to undergo further tests
WHAT HAPPENING? The Bayern Munich forward was forced off injured after just 20 minutes as Die Roten thrashed Werder Bremen 6-1 on Tuesday evening, with head coach Julian Nagelsmann confirming it as a tibia issue.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: GOAL understands that Mane underwent tests this morning, which have set an initial recovery period of 3-4 weeks. The Senegal international will undergo further testing to better understand the recovery time and see if there is a chance he can make the World Cup. While it is not yet certain that he'll miss the tournament, it is very likely.
Bayern have released an official statement confirming that Mane will be unavailable for the Bundesliga clash with Schalke this weekend. "Sadio Mane suffered an injury to his right fibula during FC Bayern's 6:1 win against Werder Bremen. 'Africa's Footballer of the Year' is out for the match against FC Schalke this Saturday,'' the statement reads. ''Further examinations will follow in the next few days, FC Bayern will exchange information with the medical side of the Senegalese Football Association."
AND WHAT'S MORE: Nagelsmann was immediately concerned when asked about the 30-year-old after the Bremen game, fearing that where Mane had injured can easily splinter. However, his assistant Dino Toppmoeller was able to give a more positive update, adding: "Sadio Mane was hit on the leg, which caused him a little nerve pain. Nothing too serious and his participation in the World Cup should not be in jeopardy.''
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WHAT NEXT FOR MANE? Further scans and tests will uncover the true extent of the damage done to Mane's leg during the injury, which should then confirm his fate regarding whether or not he can head to Qatar with his nation.