Senegal’s Sadness: A World Cup Without Mané, its Man for the Moment

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Sports Illustrated

By Jonathan Wilson It’s abundantly clear what Mané means to Senegal—and what Senegal means to Mané—making his World Cup absence all the more crushing. It’s 20 minutes into Bayern Munich’s penultimate Bundesliga game before the World Cup break, a 6–1 win over Werder Bremen, and Sadio Mané goes down under a challenge. When he sits up, it’s clear something is wrong. His face is blank, but he must know what this may mean. He is forced off. There’s a hope it’s largely precautionary, but the news soon breaks: It’s an injury to his right knee, and his World Cup is in doubt. Macky Sall, Senegal’s pres…

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