Senegal to assess Mane and Sakho

first_imgSenegal will assess injured pair Sadio Mane and Diafra Sakho at their Africa Cup of Nations camp to determine if they can participate at the finals.Southampton midfielder Mane has a calf problem that his club boss Ronald Koeman says has ruled the player out of the 17 January to 8 February event.Sakho, who plays for West Ham, is suffering from a back injury.Senegal boss Alain Giresse said both players will join up with the national squad in Morocco for further tests.”Sadio Mane is in the list of 23 players. He has a one-time muscle problem, said Giresse, who added that the player will arrive in camp on 11 January.Giresse has until 7 January to finalise his squad but revealed he may use a “medical joker” – a provision that allows him to call up a player up to 48 hours before the country’s first game (against Ghana on 19 January) – in order to give Sane the greatest chance of recovering in time. In Sakho’s case, Giresse said the striker “faces a recurring problem” and the Frenchman added that the player will have tests with the national team’s medical staff.Sakho’s club manager, Sam Allardyce, revealed the player has seen a specialist about the problem but more information is needed.”He has had all the appropriate scans, but we need to sit down and assess the extent of the injury – has it got any worse since the last time? Is it the same (problem)?” he said.”With a back problem, it is a delicate scenario, so until we get the full diagnosis from the specialist, we won’t know which will be the way forward.”last_img

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