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Nagelsmann gives squad updates, reveals rehab schedules of Mané and Davies

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

FC Bayern München trainer Julian Nagelsmann, in addition to giving squad updates ahead of the weekend, answered questions about his star attacker Sadio Mané's World Cup prospects at his Friday presser.

Mané will definitely remain in Germany for at least another ten days. Alphonso Davies, on the other hand, should be headed to the Canadian camp on time.
Julian Nagelsmann.
Julian Nagelsmann.Photo: Bayern München/OneFootball
Sadio Mané obviously isn't an option for Bayern this weekend as the league-leaders prepare to round out 2022 league play away at Schalke tomorrow. Speaking at his Friday presser, Bayern head-coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed that Mané and three other World Cup bound players (Thomas Müller of Germany, Alphonso Davies of Canada, and Matthjis de Ligt of Holland) would also not feature for their club this weekend.

When it came to the status of Mané, called up to the Senegalese national team despite incurring a potentially serious tendon injury, Nagelsmann revealed how precisely the club planned to coordinate with the Senegalese F.A. The 30-year-old star striker will remain in Munich for the next ten days. After that, another series of tests will be run before the former Liverpool man is released to his country's camp.

"We'll do another follow-up in ten days and then we'll see how the healing process is on the tibial plateau," Nagelsmann said," Then there will be further decisions. In general, the early use after an injury is always critical."

Senegal kick off World Cup Group Stage play next Monday against the Dutch national team in Doha. Nagelsmann effectively revealed that Mané stands no chance of even joining the team prior to that. Aliou Cissé's Indomitable Lions, defending African continental Champions, will conclude group stage play on November 29th. It might be the case that Mané can still make it down to the Peninsula in time.

"If he is in pain and can't play, then he won't be able to play. Even if the association would like that," Nagelsmann emphasized, "The medical things are always above the sporting ones. We'll get a diagnosis and follow up after that."

With respect to the case of left-back Davies, fighting against time to represent Canada after suffering a slight muscle tear last weekend, Nagelsmann noted that the 22-year-old would remain in Bavaria for rehab assignments for a much sorter time.

"He's in Munich for a few more days for rehab, so we can get him fit for the World Cup," Nagelsmann said, "Then he'll travel down."

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