Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane is expected to miss the World Cup as a result of the injury suffered in Tuesday’s meeting with Werder Bremen.
Mane started the game but managed just 20 minutes before limping off with a seemingly innocuous injury, with Leroy Sane coming off the bench to replace him in the 6-2 victory.
Bayern had been confident that Mane’s injury would not be serious, with assistant Dino Toppmoller stating straight after the game: “He got hit in the leg, which caused a little nerve pain. Nothing too serious. His participation in the World Cup shouldn’t be in jeopardy.”
However, according to L’Equipe, Mane has actually suffered a tendon injury and will not be fit in time to feature at the World Cup.
Senegal manager Aliou Cisse will announce his World Cup squad on Friday and Mane is no longer expected to make the cut, which is an enormous blow to the African nation.
Mane has managed 92 appearances for his country, scoring 33 goals in that time and famously inspiring Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations glory earlier this year.
Man Utd close to signing Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich
Man Utd are close to signing Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich on a loan deal until the end of the season, 90min has learned.
United have moved for Sabitzer on transfer deadline day following the news that Christian Eriksen will be out until late April or early May with an ankle injury sustained in the FA Cup win over Reading on Saturday.
The Dane’s injury leaves United light in the midfield department, with Donny van de Beek also out for the remainder of the season with an injury of his own.
Sabitzer, 28, boarded a flight to Manchester from Munich on Tuesday evening after an agreement of a straight loan deal was largely fleshed out between the two clubs, and the player has also agreed personal terms. 90min reported earlier in the day that Sabitzer was “very excited” about the potential move to Old Trafford.
The club were not planning to move for a new player prior to the deadline, though the severity of Eriksen’s injury has convinced Erik ten Hag to push for United to act, as they chase a place in the Premier League’s top four and attempt to win their first trophy since 2017. They are currently competing on four fronts.
United have until 11pm GMT to push through the transfer before the deadline, though could request a short extension from the Premier League to complete the deal if necessary.
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Man Utd in talks to sign Bayern Munich midfielder on deadline day
Manchester United have open talks with Bayern Munich over a potential deadline day loan move for Marcel Sabitzer, 90min understands.
The Red Devils have entered the market late due to Christian Eriksen’s ankle problem – an injury which will mean the first-choice midfielder will be out of action until May.
Due to said injury, United have had to change tact on deadline day and attempt to make a last minute signing. And that signing could be set to be Austrian star Sabitzer from Bayern.
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Having earlier been offered the player, 90min can report that talks are underway between Sabizter’s representatives and the Red Devils over a potential loan deal until the end of the current season.
Sabitzer is said to be ‘very excited’ about the potential move to Old Trafford.
That is despite his agent, Roger Wittmann, recently suggesting to German publication Bild that the midfielder was happy at Bayern: “Marcel feels comfortable with Bayern and has signed a five-year contract. To date, neither the club nor we have claimed anything else.”
United will have until 11pm (GMT) to finalise a deal to sign Sabitzer, who previously spent seven years at RB Leipzig – including one of those on loan at Red Bull Salzburg.
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