Sadio Mane returned to Liverpool early due to a hamstring injury ahead of the International Clash
Alarm bells have begun to ring at Liverpool after key man Sadio Mane returned early from international duty after ‘feeling his old injury’ to his hamstring.
The Senegal Football Association have confirmed Mane made the trip back to Merseyside from their camp, after feeling signs of the hamstring injury which had kept him out of Jurgen Klopp’s plans for several weeks.
The mercurial winger recently helped his nation to book their ticket to next summer’s World Cup in Russia, and was expected to remain with the squad for another upcoming match with South Africa as the remaining group ties are played.
Mane will now miss the dead rubber match with South Africa, though it is currently unknown whether the injury has flared up to an extent that it will keep him out of action once more.
It was following the first qualifying clash with South Africa, played last Friday, that Mane reported feelings of the old injury.
The Senegalese Football Association have stated: ‘following the match South Africa against Senegal Friday, November 10, 2017 in Polokwane, the player Sadio Mane was slightly felt from his old injury.
‘After consultations between the medical staff of the national team of Senegal and Liverpool, it was decided by mutual agreement to make it available to his club to continue treatment until full recovery.’
The 25-year-old made a miraculous early comeback for the Reds recently in their 4-1 demolition of West Ham at the London Stadium.
Mane returned to action way ahead of schedule and played 70 minutes of the tie in East London where he provided an assist for fellow pace merchant Mohamed Salah.
It was as a result of international duty that Mane sustained the original hamstring injury at the beginning of October, at which point he was forecast to be out for a prolonged period.
After defying medical expectations of a return in time to face Sevilla in the Champions League, Klopp himself admitted Mane’s progress had gone much quicker than first imagined.
The player will now be assessed by club staff before a verdict is given on Mane’s playing status.