Mane breaks thumb in Senegal training But van dijk is back


Reds are aware of the injury that saw Mane leave hospital with his hand in a cast

SADIO MANE has reportedly broken his thumb while on international duty with Senegal.

It will come as a bitter blow to Liverpool and boss Jurgen Klopp after it was revealed star man Mo Salah had also returned to the club with a muscle injury.

Mane, who could miss the Reds’ Premier League clash against Huddersfield this weekend, was pictured leaving hospital with a cast on his hand.

He was injured in a training session with Senegal that ruled him out of a return game against Sudan.

The 26-year-old did play in the first game against Sudan in Dakar, where he helped his team to a 3-0 win.

He will now be assessed by the Liverpool medical team at Melwood who are aware of the injury, before a decision is taken on his fitness for the weekend.

SunSport reported how Mane’s fellow attacking midfielder Salah has returned to Liverpool for treatment after he picked up an injury during Egypt’s win over Swaziland.

The striker, 26, limped off the pitch with a muscle problem during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday.

The ex-Chelsea star received treatment on the side of the pitch, but was unable to shake off the problem.

Egypt had used all three substitutes and were forced to play the final moments of the match with just ten men on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Klopp has been boosted by the news that Virgil van Dijk will be fit to face Huddersfield.

The Liverpool centre-half 27, was withdrawn from Holland’s squad for tonight’s friendly in Belgium after scoring in the 3-0 win over Germany last weekend.

But Dutch boss Ronald Koeman insists Van Dijk has just been rested to look after the rib injury he first picked up against Southampton last month.

Koeman said: “He has gone back to Liverpool but he is ready to play. He’s taken a rest.

“The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

“He is ready to play at the weekend.”