Liverpool urge Sadio Mane not to risk his health by playing for Senegal against Equatorial Guinea after he was knocked out in previous Africa Cup of Nations fixture… amid concerns he may be selected after training on Saturday
- Liverpool have appealed to Sadio Mane to not risk his health playing for Senegal
- Mane was knocked out against Cape Verde after he collided with Vozinha
- Despite the incident Mane could be in action against Equatorial Guinea
Mane was knocked out during his country’s previous game with Cape Verde on Tuesday after a collision with opposition goalkeeper Vozinha.
He was later substituted and reportedly taken to hospital complaining of dizziness having initially stayed on the pitch and scored in a 2-0 win.
Liverpool don’t want Sadio Mane to risk his health by playing for Senegal against Equatorial Guinea
Mane was knocked out against Cape Verde after he collided with goalkeeper Vozinha
Premier League protocols would mean the star forward automatically missing the next game but Mane posted a picture of himself on an exercise bike and took part in training on Saturday, leading to concerns he may be selected.
Liverpool have contacted the 29-year-old and the Senegalese authorities to make their stance clear but don’t have the power to dictate Mane’s availability.
Senegal team doctor Abdourahmane Fdior has also insisted there was no concussion. In a statement, he said: ‘All symptoms he had on the pitch are gone. Everything is normal on the X-ray.’
Mane posted a picture of himself on an exercise bike and took part in training on Saturday
Liverpool have contacted Mane and the Senegalese authorities to make their stance clear
Brain injury charity Headway have accused Senegal of putting results before a key player’s health, and demanded FIFA show leadership on the issue by intervening.
Mane’s Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah will spearhead Egypt against Morocco in today’s other quarter-final.
Hosts Cameroon were the first team into the semi-finals, Karl Toko Ekambi scoring both goals as they beat Gambia 2-0.