Sadio Mane has come and thanked all of his fans for the support he has received since it was announced he would miss the entire World Cup through injury.

Mane has been a vital player for Senegal and played an instrumental role in their Africa Cup of Nations victory earlier this year.

Since his move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich, Mane has been in great form with 15 goal contributions in 23 appearances.

But in the final game before the World Cup break, he suffered a knee injury which required surgery.

Thankfully he has now had surgery which has been successful and he may return to football before the end of the season.

“Thank goodness the operation went well”

The ex-Liverpool man reached out via social media to thank everyone for the kind messages he received after his injury: “Many of you sent me messages of support following my injury. Thank goodness the midweek operation went well. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all and to express my gratitude to you,” he said.

“This Monday, our dear country will compete in the World Cup. I am sure that the Lions will transcend themselves and will approach all matches as a real final. I am also convinced that all Senegalese will be in front of the small screen to support and encourage our valiant national team. Like all fans of the Lions, I am convinced that the teammates will fight as one man and as they usually do in order to honour our dear Senegal. Long live Senegal.”