English Premier League side Watford have given their side of the story after Senegal has accused them of blocking Ismaila Sarr ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

The competition is scheduled to commence from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

The club has confirmed that the 23-year-old winger suffered knee ligament damage in November, and they are not blocking him to join the Lions of Teranga.

“In early December, the club wrote to the Senegal Football Federation outlining the clinical diagnosis of Ismaila’s injury and immediately followed that up by supplying the MRI scans detailing the extent of the injury.

“After further consultation with medical experts, we informed the Federation of Ismaila’s rehabilitation process and likely timeframe of recovery.

“Within the past 10 days, the club has reiterated to the Senegal Football Federation the player’s current medical status and recovery schedule.

“The Hornets have also invited the Senegal Football Federation to instruct their own independent surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and rehabilitation period.”

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