Julian Nagelsmann: Mane could be fit to play PSG in UEFA Champions League second leg


Sadio Mane has been out since November, but Julian Nagelsmann says there is a chance he could face Paris Saint-Germain in March.

Julian Nagelsmann expects to be without Sadio Mane for the first leg of Bayern Munich’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain but says there is a chance he could feature in the second.

Mané was ruled out of the World Cup in Qatar after suffering a fibula injury in November.

The Senegal forward, who joined Bundesliga champions Bayern from Liverpool last June, has undergone surgery and is on the road to recovery.

Bayern boss Nagelsmann does not expect Mane to play a part in the match against PSG at the Parc des Princes on February 14.

However, if Mane does not suffer any setbacks, Nagelsmann hopes to be able to invite the 30-year-old to face the Ligue 1 champions at the Allianz Arena on March 8.

Speaking at a press conference in Doha on Thursday, Nagelsmann said: “He [Mane] is an important player. If everything goes well, it could happen that he returns to PSG in time.

“We’ll see how he reacts to the workload. Personally, I’m not considering him for the first game yet.”

Bayern face Salzburg in a friendly on Friday before resuming their Bundesliga season with a trip to RB Leipzig next Friday.

Matthijs de Ligt will not face the Austrian side due to an ankle injury, but new signing Daley Blind will be included after joining the Bavarian giants following his release by Ajax.

Nagelsmann said of the Dutch full-back: “He will play tomorrow. He still needs some time because the intensity in training is a bit higher.

“You can see he’s got a lot of experience and he looks confident on the ball. He’s going to be the player we envisioned him to be.”

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