{
    "title": "Senegal gamble on Mbodji's fitness",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/5\/Kara-Mbodji-looks-180517G1050.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nSenegal have gambled on imposing defender Kara Mbodji recovering from a knee injury to play in the World Cup after he was named in their 23-man squad on Thursday.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe 28-year-old centre back has not played for his Belgian club Anderlecht since December but was included in the squad by coach Aliou Cisse, who will have until June 4 to change his mind if Mbodji proves unfit to go to Russia.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nCisse, who captained Senegal on their previous World Cup appearance 16 years ago, handed veteran striker Moussa Sow a place in the squad but left out Pape Souare, the Crystal Palace full back who was recalled for two friendlies in March after recovering from a car accident that almost cost him his career.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAlso missing out was Everton striker Oumar Niasse, although there are seven players from English clubs in the final selection, headed by Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nSenegal compete in Group H at the World Cup, starting against Poland on June 19 in Moscow before playing Japan and Colombia.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>SQUAD: <\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>Goalkeepers: <\/b> Abdoulaye Diallo (Stade Rennes), Alfred Gomis (SPAL), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>Defenders: <\/b> Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Kara Mbodii (Anderlecht), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Salif Sane (Hannover 98), Moussa Wague (Eupen)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>Midfielders: <\/b> Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City), Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City), Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennes)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>Forwards:<\/b> Keita Balde (Monaco), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Diafra Sakho (Stade Rennes), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor).<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Senegal have gambled on imposing defender Kara Mbodji recovering from a knee injury to play in the World Cup after he was named in their 23-man squad on Thursday.",
    "date": "2018-05-17T18:25:50",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "AFP",
    "img_credit": "Kara Mbodji \u00a9 Getty Images",
    "category": "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia\u2122",
    "videos": []
}