Leeds United winger Hadi Sacko is injured at the moment and will not play for Mali at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Leeds United winger Hadi Sacko has revealed on Twitter that he will not feature for Mali at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 25-year-old Leeds winger has revealed that he has a calf injury and will not recover fully in time to represent his country at the prestigious competition.
The Eagles will face Tunisia, Mauritania and Angola in Group E, with the tournament kicking off on June 21.
Sacko wrote on Twitter: “Hello everyone, it is with great regret that I have to announce my withdrawal from the Mali team for CAN 2019. I have a calf injury and I will not 100% recover to help my teammates.
"So I have to leave my place for another player, but I will not fail to be the first supporter of the team during what should have been my first big competition with Mali. Lots of regrets but I trust the team.”
Bonjour à tous, c'est avec beaucoup de regrets que je dois vous annoncer mon forfait avec la sélection des aigles du Mali pour cette CAN 2019. En effet je suis blessé au mollet et je ne serai pas remis à 100% pour pouvoir aider mes coéquipiers, 1/2 pic.twitter.com/a3f8J8pgNK— Hadi Sacko (@miimosaa) June 15, 2019
Donc je dois laisser ma place à un autre mais je ne manquerai pas d'être le premier supporter de l'équipe durant ce qui aurait dû être ma première grande compétition avec le Mali. Beaucoup de regrets mais j'ai confiance en l'équipe #MaliPuissanci 2/2— Hadi Sacko (@miimosaa) June 15, 2019
Future at Leeds United
Sacko has been on the books of Leeds since 2017, but the winger has struggled to make a huge impact at Elland Road.
The 25-year-old spent the first half of 2018-19 campaign on loan at Las Palmas and spent the second half of the past season on loan at Ankaragucu.
The winger was able to make only five appearances in the Segunda Division for Las Palmas, all of them as substitutes, according to WhoScored.
According to WhoScored, Sacko made 14 starts and one substitute appearance in the Turkish Super Lig for Ankaragucu, scoring three goals and providing one assist in the process.
It is very likely that Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa will send Sacko out on loan again, or perhaps the club will decide to sell him in the summer transfer window.
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