Sadio Mané underwent surgery to repair a damaged knee just a month ago, but with his recovery ahead of schedule the Senegal star is set to return to solo training before the end of the current season. He won’t be in contention to play again, but this will boost his chances of being fit and ready for pre-season.
“I’m getting better and want to thank all of the physios for doing a great job,” Mané said, speaking to journalists following last night’s players’ gala where he won both the fans’ and players’ player of the season awards. “Hopefully next week I will start running, jogging, so I am happy and looking forward to that.”
Just as when he was missing due to his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations over the winter, his absence over the past month has seen Liverpool struggle to replace his pace, with the goals drying up and the club stumbling in their attempts to secure a top four finish and Champions League football.
Liverpool remain favourites to do so with two games left to play in the season, but with Mané out, things have been far nervier and less certain than they seemed set to be just a month ago. Mané still believes, though, that his teammates will get the club across the line over the final two weeks of the 2016-17 campaign.
“We have a great team and great players,” he added. “We have two important games now, and we must not make it a big pressure for ourselves but we know we can win them.”