Sadio Mane gives Liverpool major boost ahead of visit of Arsenal after taking part in team training following rib injury suffered on Senegal duty
- Sadio Mane suffered a rib injury in Senegal’s clash against Togo on Thursday
- The forward went for X-rays to determine damage before returning to Liverpool
- But the 29-year-old was seen in team training seemingly with no ill effects
- Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Harvey Elliott also trained away from group
Liverpool have been handed a major boost ahead of this weekend’s visit of Arsenal after striker Sadio Mane took part in team training on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old was a doubt after suffering a rib injury on international duty with Senegal, and was substituted in the 28th minute of their match against Togo in African qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday.
The former Southampton forward then returned to Liverpool following X-rays to determine the extent of the damage, with Jurgen Klopp fretting on the fitness of a key forward.
Sadio Mane has handed Liverpool a major boost by taking part in team training on Tuesday
Mane was forced off just 28 minutes into Senegal’s clash against Togo with a rib injury
But Mane was pictured in training with his Reds team-mates at Kirkby on Tuesday morning, and did not show any ill effects from the blow he had suffered when away with his country.
Captain Jordan Henderson and midfielders James Milner and Harvey Elliott were also seen out on the training pitch, but were working away from the main group.
Henderson pulled out of England’s squad to face San Marino after suffering an injury during their 5-0 win against Albania, a game in which the 31-year-old scored.
He returned to Liverpool after undergoing X-rays to determine the extent of the damage
But Mane showed no ill-effects as he was put through his paces ahead of Arsenal’s visit
Milner meanwhile limped off with a hamstring injury during Liverpool’s thrashing of Manchester United last month, but posted a positive injury update earlier this week on social media of him in the gym.
Elliott meanwhile was seen using Liverpool’s training pitches earlier this week for the first time since his horrific ankle injury at Leeds in September, and went through another individual session on Tuesday morning.
Liverpool have never given a specific time frame in which Elliott can be expected to feature again but he is evidently progressing well.
While all these represent positive updates for the Reds ahead of facing Mikel Arteta’s men, they are still sweating on the fitness of Andy Robertson, with the left-back suffering a hamstring problem in Scotland’s win against Denmark.
James Milner (left) and Jordan Henderson (right) also trained outside but away from the group
But of all those injury doubts, Mane looks the best placed to return and will be hoping to add to the seven goals he has netted in 14 Premier League games against the Gunners.
Mane has no doubt been outshone by fellow African Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s attack this season, but has still managed six goals in 11 Premier League games this term.
Liverpool’s next league assignment comes in the form of north London outfit Arsenal, who sit two points but just one place behind the Reds in the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men however have won every Premier League game at Anfield against the Gunners since their thrilling 3-3 draw in January 2016, and have won eight of the 13 matches across all competitions against them since then too.
Harvey Elliott also continued his rehabilitation with another individual session outdoors
The Reds are fretting on the fitness of Andy Robertson after he suffered a hamstring injury