Bayern Munich concerned about 'unfit' Sadio Mane with ex-Liverpool man enduring difficult run in Germany

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  • Mane struggled since injury return
  • No goals, one assist in five appearances
  • In Senegal squad for Afcon qualifying

WHAT HAPPENED? The Senegalese forward made a high-profile move to Germany last summer, and enjoyed a positive start to his Bayern tenure before needing surgery for a lower leg injury in December. The player has been far short of his best since his return, and the club are growing concerned by his poor form, according to Sport1.

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Mane has made five appearances since his injury return, registering one assist and failing to score in two starts. He was most recently removed at half-time of Bayern's 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. Mane has 11 goals and five assists in 28 appearances this year.

AND WHAT'S MORE: The report claims that Mane has lost his signature explosiveness, and has a far lower win-rate in one-on-one duels since his return. The club are also reportedly concerned that a switch of position into a more central role is responsible for his downturn in form. He was prolific as a left-winger, and later false-nine, under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.


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WHAT NEXT? Mane has been named in the Senegal squad as the reigning African champions take on Mozambique twice in Afcon qualifying this week.