Sadio Mane, the Bayern Munich forward, had to go off the field injured in the 20th minute of Bayern’s Bundesliga match against SV Werder Bremen. His injury will be a cause of concern for the Senegal men’s football team as only 13 days remain for the 2022 Qatar World Cup to start.

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Although the details of the injury will be known only after proper medical assessment, it appears that the forward has a knee injury. 

In the post-match press conference, Bayern Manager Julian Nagelsmann said that Mane”took a knock to the head of his tibia”. “It’s always uncomfortable. He has to have an X-ray. I hope nothing is wrong,” he added.

Mane has been instrumental in taking Senegal to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. He also helped them win the Arica Cup of Nations with a crucial penalty earlier in 2022. 

If Senegal misses Mane in their opening game against the Dutch on Monday, November 21, it will be a big blow for them. 

In spite of Mane’s injury, star-studded Bayern managed to give SV Werder Bremen a 6-1 trashing. A goal by Jamal Musiala, a hattrick by Serge Gnabry, and two more goals from Leon Goretzka and Mathys Tel, saw the Munich-based wide win the match with ease.

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“Goals are what makes football so appealing,” Nagelsmann said while talking about his team’s performance on Tuesday. “After 14 matchdays, we have 47 goals in the Bundesliga, that’s extraordinary,” he added.

“Today, we could have done a lot more. We have good quality on the field and a good spirit. We are very quiet, stable. We played a nice game for the fans.”

Bayern Munich is currently at the pole position in the Bundesliga table with nine wins from 14 matches. They are, however, only four points clear of SC Freiburg at the second place.