Liverpool’s Mané undergoes hand surgery

Sadio Mané needed surgery for his hand injury. (AFP pic)

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool forward Sadio Mané has undergone surgery for a hand injury sustained on international duty with Senegal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Mané missed Senegal’s 1-0 win over Sudan on Tuesday in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying and joined a growing list of injured players at Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s league trip to Huddersfield Town.

“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Sadio Mané today underwent a procedure on a hand injury sustained while on international duty with Senegal,” Liverpool said.

“The surgery, conducted at a North West hospital and supervised by club medics, was successful. Mané’s recovery will be monitored over the next couple of days.”

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keïta went off with a suspected muscle strain in Guinea’s 1-1 draw against Rwanda on Tuesday while forward Mohamed Salah had to be taken off with a groin injury when Egypt beat eSwatini 4-1 in Cairo on Friday.

Defender Virgil van Dijk was withdrawn from the Netherlands squad for Tuesday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium as he was still feeling the effects of a rib injury that he suffered when playing for the club against Southampton last month.

Third-placed Liverpool will look to extend their unbeaten start to the league season at Huddersfield. Jürgen Klopp’s side entertain Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League next week.