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Mane 'happy to be back' for Senegal’s decisive World Cup ties

10:28 GMT 06/11/2017
Sadio Mane
The 25-year-old is delighted to be back for the Teranga Lions' doubleheader fixture against Stuart Baxter's men after an injury layoff

Sadio Mane has said that he is happy to be available for Senegal’s decisive 2018 World Cup qualifying encounters against South Africa on November 10 and November 14.

Aliou Cisse’s men face a stern test against Bafana Bafana and a win in either of the two fixtures will help them secure a ticket to the quadrennial event.

The Liverpool forward made a quick return to action to help Jurgen Klopp's men to a league victory over West Ham United on Saturday. And he is ready to steer the Teranga Lions to their first World Cup since 2002.

"I am very happy to be back because it was not easy," Mane told BBC Sport.

"There's no excuse for me now - I was injured but I was always working hard.

"It's going to be tough because we know how South Africa is, even when they are not in good form," he continued.

"We respect them but we also know we have quality and we have a great team and I think we can do it.

"Everybody knows what it means for the country - especially the fans - and I think it will be a dream for us and hopefully God will help us to qualify.

"Every player would love to play until the end of the season without injury. It's part of football so we accept it and move forward," he concluded.