Liverpool winger Sadio Mane suffered a head injury he got injured while playing for his home country Senegal in the African Cup Of Nations. While going for a highball Mane got in a clash of heads with Vozinha Cape Verde’s Goalkeeper.
An update on Sadio Mane's injury.
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In the 53rd minute, after the collision Cape Verde`s Goalkeeper was shown a red card but Mane continued to play despite struggling to get up off the ground to play, while struggling to play with a head injury mane scored the opening goal in the 63rd minute of the match but collapsed after celebrating for his goal and got substituted seven minutes later in the 70th minute while his teammates helped the medical team in escorting Mane.
Liverpool`s medical department remain in contact with the team, but the questions has been raised regarding Mane whether Mane should miss the quarter final against Equatorial Guinea which is scheduled to be played on Monday, 31st January.
Later Mane, posted a picture of himself and Cape Verde`s Goalkeeper Vozinha in hospital. He posted the picture in a sign to show everyone that he is fit and can play the next game against Equatorial Guinea. He wrote: “What doesn`t kill you make you stronger. Thanks for your messages of support. I’m very well”.
Head coach Aliou Cisse said: “I don’t know, but I hope he is ok, he is in hospital now, we will see. “I have no news from the doctors, I hope there is nothing serious, but in any case I can’t give any information on Sadio. He had a shock with the goalkeeper; he didn’t feel well, his head felt dizzy so he left [the pitch].”
Brain injury association Headway said Mane’s health had been put at risk.
“On the face of it, this seems to be yet another example of football putting results ahead of player safety,” said Luke Griggs, deputy chief executive of Headway.
“This was a sickening collision that clearly left both players in enough distress for a concussion to have surely been considered a possibility at the very least. At that point, the principle of ‘if in doubt, sit it out!’ should have resulted in Mane being substituted without another ball being kicked.”
“The image of the player collapsing on the ground and having to be helped from the pitch after scoring his goal should tell you everything you need to know about the impact and the effect it had had on his brain,” added Griggs.
“Yet again, the desire to win is seen as being worth serious risks to players’ health. It is simply shocking that this continues to happen.
“This is now a real test of leadership for The Confederation of African Football and world governing body Fifa – particularly if Senegal declares Mane fit for Sunday’s quarter final.
“If football wants to be taken seriously when it comes to concussion, it simply must take action to enforce and strengthen its protocols.”