Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mané has returned to the Premier League club earlier than scheduled after tweaking his hamstring on worldwide duty, the Senegal Football Federation has said.
Mane has only recently returned from a separate injury he sustained during the previous global break, but Liverpool are once again sweating over the fitness of one of their key players.
It was following the first qualifying clash with South Africa, played last Friday, that Mane reported feelings of the old injury.
Mane was sidelined for five matches with a hamstring injury, only returning to action in the Premier League win over West Ham on November 4. It was expected that Mane will remain with the squad but be rested for their final game against the same opponents on Tuesday (14 November) as they had already qualified. The Reds will be sweating over the his injury.
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Per MailOnline's Danny Gallagher, the Senegalese Football Federation has confirmed Mane has returned to England ahead of a second match against South Africa.
"After consultations between the medical staff of the national team of Senegal and Liverpool, it was decided by mutual agreement for his club to continue treatment until full recovery".
The extent of the injury remains unknown and Mane will be assessed at Melwood before a decision is made on whether or not he will be available to feature against former club Southampton on Saturday afternoon.