Reds in a rush to get Mane man back

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FRANCEVILLE: Liver­pool hope to rush Sene­gal’s Sa­dio Mane back from the Africa Cup of Na­tions by a specially ar­ranged char­ter plane so he will be avail­able for to­mor­row’s Pre­mier League match against lead­ers Chelsea.

The for­ward was fly­ing back from Gabon to Sene­gal’s capital Dakar with the rest of the squad yesterday and from there will take a char­ter to Liver­pool.

Liver­pool will then have to as­sess the player’s fit­ness be­fore the crunch game at An­field.

Mane’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour­na­ment in Gabon ended on Satur­day when he failed to score his penalty in the post-match shootout af­ter their quar­ter-fi­nal tie against Cameroon had ended goal­less.

Mane and his Sene­gal team­mates were heav­ily fan­cied, but were un­able to break down their op­po­nents af­ter two hours of foot­ball with the Liver­pool player squan­der­ing sev­eral chances. – Reuters

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