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Mane could be able to play against PSG in the Champions League second leg

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

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

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

Bayern boss Nagelsmann does not envisage Mane playing a role in the clash against PSG at the Parc des Princes on February 14.

But if Mane does not suffer any setbacks, Nagelsmann hopes he may be able to call up the 30-year-old for the clash with 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 be the case that he returns in time for PSG.

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

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

Matthijs de Ligt does 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 from 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 tell 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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