Senegal left back, Ciss, out of World Cup after ankle injury

Saliou Ciss

Senegal defender, Saliou Ciss, has been ruled out of the World Cup in Russia and will be replaced by Adama Mbengue, the Senegal Football Federation said on Sunday.

The left back, who plays club football at Valenciennes in France’s Ligue 2, suffered an ankle injury in last month’s friendly against Luxembourg.

His departure comes two days after his 29th birthday.

Mbengue, 24, arrived on Sunday, having been on standby over the last weeks. He is from Ligue 1 club, Caen.

Senegal’s change came a day before the deadline for final injury replacements. World Cup participants can only swap injured players up to 24 hours before their first game at the tournament.

Senegal will take on Poland in their opening Group H game in Moscow on Tuesday. (Reuters/NAN)