January 24, 2022

AFCON 2021: Sarr withdraws from Senegal squad

By Brian Aheebwa
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Senegal's Sarr

Despite being released by Watford last week to join the Senegal national team for their Africa Cup of Nations, Ismaila Sarr has returned to England to continue with his rehabilitation.

Sarr, who has not kicked the ball since November against Manchester United through injury, was the reason the English club and the Senegal football federation were pulling strings late in December.

Watford insisted that the 23 year old is not yet ready for football action whereas the FSF believed the former was deliberately blocking him from coming through for the AFCON, just like they did with Nigeria’s Emmanuel Dennis.

This forced the Hornets to release the player so that Senegal medical team would also make their own assessments.

Sportsglitz reports that Sarr underwent further tests in Barcelona and was declared not yet ready to return to football action.

On releasing the player last week, Watford were always confident that he was not going to play at AFCON according to The Athletic but only did so to clear their name over claims of being disrespectful and discriminative by the FSF.

The Lions of Teranga already got off to a winning start in Cameroon following a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe thanks to Liverpool star Sadio Mane’s 97th minute penalty.

The Aliou Cisse’s coached side will return to action on Friday, January 14 with a tie against Guinea with whom they are tied on three points in Group B.

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