Tag: Injury

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane set to miss out for up to six weeks

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had been ruled out of action through a hamstring injury for around six weeks.

Mane, 25, was injured on international duty with Senegal and his absence could not have come at a worse time for Jurgen Klopp with Manchester United visiting Anfield on Saturday.

The Senegalese international scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January because of the Africa Cup of Nations and the final six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury.

There was little doubt that he is amongst Liverpool’s most influential players, and as a result his injury has come at a particularly bad time with Adam Lallana still struggling to regain fitness after a thigh injury.

Lallana has already been sent to the Aspetar sports clinic in Qatar as he continues his rehabilitation and is likely to return in mid-November, along with Mane who will miss the two Champions League games against Maribor and trips to Tottenham and West Ham, as well the visit of Huddersfield Town.  

The Reds will still hope to have Mane in contention for their Champions League fixture in Sevilla on 21 November before they host Chelsea four days later in the Premier League.

“The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday,” a Liverpool statement read. “It has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.”

Klopp’s side have often struggled without Mané, since his move from Southampton, averaging 2.2 Premier League goals with him in the team as compared to 1.6 goals in his absence. Last season, their form fell away dramatically while Mané was at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning just one of their seven games, against League Two Plymouth in an FA Cup replay.

Gareth Bale commits future to Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has dismissed any notion of a potential return to the Premier League, saying that he is happy and commits his long-term future to Real Madrid amidst speculation of his future with the club.

Bale, 27, who agreed a new deal with Real in October lasting until 2022, had a bright start to the season with goals in the Champions League and La Liga, but was then ruled out for a  majority of Real’s fixtures with two major injuries.

It was speculated that his time at Real was at its end, with Manchester United, who had tried to sign him from Tottenham in 2013 before being beaten by Real, slated as being amongst the forerunners to his signature.  

However, speaking at Real’s Champions League final win at his home city of Cardiff, the Welshman made it clear that he wants to remain at the club and commit to his contract.

“I’ve signed a long-term contract at Madrid,” he said. “My family is happy and I am happy so, yeah, we will continue what we are doing. We are winning trophies and I am happy.

“I’ve worked double sessions for three, four weeks to get myself ready for this, to get myself fit, recover from the surgery – which still has a little more healing to do – but I will be able to rest in the summer, do some more rehab and then come next season stronger.”

“It’s been a tough year with a lot of football and the injuries, but the main thing for me is to get my ankle sorted and give it that rest it needs. I came back too early from the surgery. But I still finished the season happy, it’s a great finish with another trophy.”

Bale’s representatives have also dismissed reports linking him with a return to the Premier League, stressing that he has no desire to leave the most successful club in global football.

Luke Shaw to see specialist over foot ligament damage

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw will be seeing a specialist to determine the extent of damage on his foot ligament.

Shaw, 21, left the pitch after nine minutes of Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Swansea at the Old Trafford.

Subsequent scans on Monday revealed that the England International has ligament damage, but the precise timeframe for Shaw’s absence can only be determined after the specialist analyses the scans properly.

Nonetheless, in a worst case scenario Shaw would not only miss the remainder of this season but also the start of the next in August.

Shaw joined the Red Devils for £27m in June 2014 after spending most of his youth career with Southampton, but broke his leg in two places during a Champions League game in September 2015.

That injury kept him out of the game for almost a year, and while he returned in August last year he has made only 11 Premier League appearances this season, having also suffered a minor groin tear in September.

His teammate, centre-back Eric Bailly was also forced off in the same match through injury.

Both players join a brimming casualty list for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United team, which includes top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow defenders Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo.

Mourinho has criticised Shaw on several occasions after taking the reins at Old Trafford this season, questioning him initially for missing the Premier League win at Swansea and subsequently, his lack of commitment in April.