Senegal’s Kouyate likely out of World Cup game against Qatar

Nov 22, 2022, 10:54 AM | Updated: Nov 23, 2022, 12:57 am
Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate is taken from the field on a stretcher during the World Cup, group A soc...

Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate is taken from the field on a stretcher during the World Cup, group A soccer match between Senegal and Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

              Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate , top vies for the ball with Frankie de Jong of the Netherlands during the World Cup, group A soccer match between Senegal and Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
            
              Frankie de Jong of the Netherlands , vies for the ball with Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate during the World Cup, group A soccer match between Senegal and Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
            
              Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate is taken from the field on a stretcher during the World Cup, group A soccer match between Senegal and Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is likely to miss the game against host Qatar at the World Cup because of a right hamstring injury, his team said Wednesday.

Kouyate was “probably” out of Senegal’s second Group A game on Friday, the team said, forcing the African champion to reshuffle its lineup again having already lost forward Sadio Mane to injury days before the tournament started.

Kouyate, a key central midfielder for Senegal, went off on a stretcher in the second half of his team’s opening 2-0 loss to the Netherlands after he went up for a header and came down clutching his right thigh.

Defender Abdou Diallo was also injured and came off against the Netherlands. Senegal said Diallo had muscle cramps but was expected to return to training on Wednesday.

This year’s African Cup of Nations winner came to the World Cup with high hopes of making an impression but now is in a scrap to qualify for the knockout stage after losing to the Dutch through two late goals.

Host Qatar lost 2-0 to Ecuador in the opening game of the World Cup and is also desperate for a win in its second group match.

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