Injury expert: Liverpool 'talks' have taken place behind the scenes after Mane blow
Liverpool will have coordinated with Senegal over Sadio Mane’s injury – but the superstar is unlikely to miss any games for his club.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Mane was forced off after suffering a blow to the chest in a collision with the opposition goalkeeper in Senegal’s 1-1 draw with Togo on 11 November.
But manager Aliou Cisse claimed the setback was “nothing serious”, as quoted by The Mirror the following day.
However, the attacker did not feature as Senegal beat Congo 2-0 on 14 November and instead flew back to Merseyside.
The Athletic reported on 16 November that Mane has since been able to participate in Liverpool training.
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And Dinnery predicts that the world-class forward will be available against Arsenal this Sunday.
“He is likely to be back for the next game,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“The Senegal manager says it was a precautionary measure. They have already qualified for the World Cup so there was no need to risk Mane.
“They will be aware of the situation at Liverpool. They know how important his fitness is given the injury to Roberto Firmino.
“That’s why it’s likely those talks have taken place between club and country, and that is why he has returned.
“I would be very surprised if he wasn’t available and ready for game week 12 against Arsenal.
“There was no need for Senegal to risk him in what was fundamentally a dead rubber match.“