A broken thumb caused Sadio Mané to be dismissed from international duty with Senegal and sent back to Liverpool early. It was the first metacarpal on his left hand and I’m guessing it hurt.
Mané was examined by the Liverpool medical staff upon his return home and afterwards booked for surgery on Merseyside for Wednesday. A formal announcement from the club reveals that the procedure had been performed and all signs for the 26-year-old winger are positive.
“The surgery, conducted at a north-west hospital and supervised by club medics, was successful,” read the statement.
There’s some conjecture about whether or not Mané will be available for selection on Saturday. I don’t know the extent of the pain or the level of risk for re-injury so maybe I’m being too cautious, but I think there’s enough quality in Jürgen Klopp’s squad to see off Huddersfield Town without the smooth stylings of Sadio Mané.
Of course, Liverpool could get beaten by Huddersfield Town even with Mané on the pitch. The Premier League is tough and full of surprises. But the talent on Liverpool’s bench is there to spell Mané when he needs to sit out and let his hand heal and especially against struggling sides, low on confidence.
Xherdan Shaqiri could be brought into the XI. Daniel Sturridge has been in good form and is available to start. I don’t know what Dominic Solanke’s is up to, but he might be interested, too.