Liverpool in fresh fears over Sadio Mane after he is sent home from international duty early
Liverpool are waiting to discover the extent of Sadio Mane's latest injury scare, after he was sent home from Senegal international duty ahead of schedule.
Mane picked up a hamstring injury when playing for his country last month that ruled him out of a month of action for Liverpool, with his return in the win at West Ham giving Senegal the green light to play him in their vital World Cup qualifier against South Africa on Friday.
A 2-0 win for Mane and his compatriots in that game secured their place in Russia 2018, yet the Senegal FA have now confirmed that Mane has suffered a recurrence of an old injury as he was sent back to Liverpool for further tests.
"The Senegalese Football Federation informs the national and international opinion that, following the match South Africa against Senegal on Friday, November 10, 2017, in Polokwane, the player Sadio Mane was slightly felt his old injury," read a statement from the Senegal FA.
"After consultations between the medical staff of the national team of Senegal and Liverpool, it was decided by mutual agreement to make him available to his club to continue treatment until full recovery."
It may be that Senegal have agreed to release Mane early with their World Cup qualification now secure, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expressing a hope that he would be allowed to return to his club's Melwood training base after the South Africa game when asked about this issue in a press conference last week.
"We have no problem with him going with Senegal, if he is fit," he stated. "Maybe we can look at him coming back after the first game, but we will wait to see what happens."
Liverpool face Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday and have clashes against Sevilla and Chelsea on the horizon later this month, with their dip in results during Mane's last spell on the sidelines evidence of his importance to their set-up.