Senegal calls up Mbengue with Ciss ruled out

Saliou Ciss has been replaced in Senegal's squad after failing to recover from an ankle injury in time to play at the World Cup.

Senegal defender Saliou Ciss   -  Getty Images

An ankle injury has ended Senegal defender Saliou Ciss' hopes of playing at the World Cup and Caen full-back Adama Mbengue has replaced him.

Ciss sustained the injury in Senegal's 0-0 draw against Luxembourg on May 31 and failed to recover in time to be in contention for its World Cup Group H opener against Poland on Tuesday.

Coach Aliou Cisse opted to take advantage of FIFA's rule that allows teams to call up a replacement until 24 hours before their first game at the tournament, having recognised that the Angers left-back was not going to regain full fitness in time.

Senegal will face Japan and Colombia in its other group games as it aims to reach the knockout stages, as it did in its only previous participation in 2002.

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