That’s Sane, not Mane – in case you were concerned there’s a sneaky typo in there somewhere. Sadio Mane, is, as far as we know, absolutely fine and should be ready to return to the Senegal Starting XI after missing out on the first match due to suspension.
Giant Senegalese defender Salif Sane, however, will miss at least his team’s next two Africa Cup of Nations matches. He hurt his ankle in the 2-0 victory over Tanzania.
The 1.96m centre-back picked up a knock on his left ankle during Sunday’s Group C opener in Cairo and will miss “between ten and 15 days” with a sprained ligament, the Senegalese FA said Monday.
Sane, who was expected to partner Napoli standout Kalidou Koulibaly in a strong Senegalese defence, will miss Thursday’s heavyweight clash with Algeria as well as the final group clash against Kenya.
Koulibaly, reportedly coveted by a number of Europe’s top sides, said Sunday he wasn’t prepared to talk about his Napoli future with Senegal attempting to win the tournament for the first time.
“I’m not talking about my future, I would rather talk about Senegal. We know that Senegal want to do something great,” said Koulibaly.
“I’m 200% with Senegal, I’m 200% with the 15 million Senegalese. So today I’m relaxed, I’m going to play my AFCON and then go back to Naples, and we’ll see what happens.”
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