Ellong Doualla Viera of Equatorial Guinea tackles Papa Alioune Ndiaye of Senegal during the 2019 Afcon qualifier between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea at Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar, Senegal on the 10 June 2017 © BackpagePix
Tuesday Feb 27, 2018. 14:30
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup countdown underway, Senegal and Stoke City midfielder Papa Alioune Ndiaye says their focus is at club level for now.
Ndiaye also said it is vital his fellow international team-mates stay injury-free ahead of the World Cup.
The Lions of Teranga are drawn in Group H at the global showpiece in Russia together with Poland, Columbia and Japan.
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"We are not there yet, we have to focus on our clubs first but I hope no one gets injured so that we all go to represent our country and play our best," Ndiaye told BBC Sport.
"We are talking about it (World Cup) and it's a great opportunity for our generation to play at the World Cup.
"We just have to be focused. If you think too much about it then injury will happen. We just have to play our game not to think so much about getting injured.
"With the help of God everything will be okay," said the midfielder, adding that being fit is "not only about the World Cup but as a professional you always have to look after yourself".
The Aliou Cisse-coached side will be hoping to improve their run during the 2002 edition.
Senegal reached the quarter-finals after beating France in their campaign and Ndiaye admitted that the Senegalese players have started discussing Russia 2018.