A stat from Ben Dinnery, a freelance injury analyst working for ESPN, suggests that Sadio Mane will be able to play against Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon.
Although it’s looking increasingly likely that Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and James Milner will be fit to face Huddersfield at the weekend, after Sadio Mane reportedly broke his thumb during Senegal training, he might miss out.
The winger is returning to Liverpool for assessment ahead of the Reds ninth Premier League game of the season and his absence, while not the end of the world given the opposition, will come as a blow.
However, injury analyst Ben Dinnery has produced a very interesting statistic that points towards the Liverpool forward being in contention to play against Huddersfield despite breaking his thumb.
Depending on what Liverpool doctors say, Mane could be fit to play on Saturday despite breaking his thumb, with Ben Dinnery revealing that only three players “have missed game(s) with thumb related injuries since 2012, broken or otherwise.”
And of these three, each was a goalkeeper, making it virtually impossible to play with a broken thumb. While this stat doesn’t guarantee Mane’s availability to play, if Klopp makes the decision for him to play, it would hardly be unprecedented.
Dinnery says he expects Mane to be “OK” to play and if Mo Salah is also cleared to face the Terriers, Liverpool should coast to a victory if David Wagner’s players play the way they have since the start of the season.
The ESPN injury analyst also points out that he’s not aware of a break and to the best of his knowledge, Mane has only severely bruised his thumb. Good news if true then!