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Don’t pick your big names if they’re not ready
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Momo Sissoko is arguably a class above the majority of the players on show in the tournament, but he didn’t look it ON Monday.
The former Liverpool man has struggled with injuries in the last couple of years.
He has only featured three times in Ligue 1 this season and there were doubts about his participation in this tournament.
After a substitute appearance in the opener and 68 minutes in the defeat by Ghana, Sissoko may have appeared ready for a full 90.
However, a clumsy foul to concede the penalty after just 30 seconds suggested otherwise. Sissoko looked out of sorts from that moment on and was forced off on a stretcher after 70 minutes.
Mali will likely have to face the knock-out stages without him, leaving talisman Seydou Keita with an awful lot to do.
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