Senegal have been dealt a blow with the news that goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will miss the remainder of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 27-year-old shot-stopper has suffered a broken finger. He picked up the injury in the warm-up for Senegal’s final Group C match against Kenya on Monday.
Alfred Gomis replaced Mendy in goal and kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 win for the Teranga Lions which secured their place in the knockout rounds of the tournament.
Mendy, who was in goal for team’s opening two matches against Tanzania and Algeria, has been allowed by the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) authority to depart for France to undergo surgery to the broken finger.
"After consultation with the authorities, the player Edouard Mendy was allowed to join France for appropriate medical treatment and follow-up," read a statement from the FSF.
Gomis is set to keep his place as starting goalkeeper when Senegal take on Uganda in their AFCON last 16 clash in Cairo on Friday.
The Teranga Lions are the top-ranked team in the tournament and looking to win the continental crown for the first time.