Liverpool ace Sadio Mane and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy are among Premier League stars included in Senegal’s squad for AFCON, with injured Ismaila Sarr to join up later
- Senegal are among the favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations in February
- Tournament starts next month and they have announced their squad
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy both made the cut
- Cheikhou Kouyate, Nampalys Mendy and Ismaila Sarr were also picked
Senegal have announced their squad for the Africa Cup of Nations with Sadio Mane and Edouard Mendy making the cut as expected.
The Liverpool winger and Chelsea goalkeeper will be big misses for their clubs during the competition and they will be out at the competition until at least February 6 if Senegal reach the final.
They are joined by fellow Premier League players Ismaila Sarr of Watford, Crystal Palace midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and Leicester’s Nampalys Mendy in the group.
Sadio Mane will miss at least three Premier League games while he is at the AFCON
Chelsea will be without Edouard Mendy, who will start in goal for Senegal in the coming weeks
Defenders: Koulibaly, Mbaye, Sarr, Seck, Ballo-Toure, Diallo, Saliou, Cisse
Midfielders: Gueye, Mendy, Sarr, Name, Ndiaye, P Gueye, Kouyate, Lopy
Forwards: Mane, Dia, I Sarr, Balde, Diedhiou, Diallo, Dieng, Thiam
Sarr is currently injured so will join up with the team later on depending on how much progress he makes with his recovery.
Senegal boss Aliou Cisse said: ‘Ismaila Sarr may not join the team on Dec 27.
‘He could continue his rehabilitation with Watford but his injury is progressing well and we hope to have him from the quarter-finals.’
Senegal are third favourites to win the tournament with the bookmakers behind Egypt and Ghana.
They have a host of star names to choose from with Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye joining the strong Premier League contingent.
Those who have been called up are anticipated to miss three rounds of Premier League fixtures with their clubs but they could be out of action for longer depending on Covid isolation protocols in the weeks ahead.
They will also miss the third round of the FA Cup, scheduled for the start of next month.
Ismaila Sarr is currently injured but expected to be fit for the latter stages