Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been included in Senegal’s 27-man squad for the African Cup of Nations next month.
The 29-year-old could potentially miss seven matches in all competitions. He will be unavailable for the league fixtures against Brentford and Crystal Palace, while there is a possibility that the postponed match versus Leeds may be rearranged for a date in January too.
Mane will also be absent for the two legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final versus Arsenal, and the FA Cup third-round tie against Shrewsbury. He could be sidelined if the Reds make it through to the fourth round as well, with the game scheduled to take place in the first weekend of February.
In addition to Mane, Senegal have called up five other English-based players, including Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, Queens Park Rangers’ Seny Dieng, Palace’s Cheikhou Kouyate, Leicester City’s Nampalys Mendy and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.
Barring any issues, Mane should be back in contention to face Leicester at Anfield on Thursday 10th February.