Diagne left out of Club Brugge squad again

Diagne left out of Club Brugge squad again
Mbaye Diagne of Senegal

by Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 22, 2019. 12:00

Senegal striker Mbaye Diagne has been left out of the Club Brugge squad as expected for Friday’s match at home to KV Oostende after he was ‘suspended’ by the club.

But he has been training with the first team and is expected to be restored to duty in the coming weeks.

Diagne was effectively told he would no longer be picked for the side, who sit at the top of the Belgian league, after, earlier this month, squandering a penalty in their narrow Champions League loss at Paris St Germain that he was not supposed to take.

The striker got up off the turf after being fouled by Thiago Silva at the Parc des Princes and took the kick himself, instead of designated penalty taker Hans Vanaken, but had a feeble effort saved by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

It effectively cost his side a valuable point, as they lost by a single goal, leaving them with just two points from four matches in Group A.

The 23-year-old Senegal international was fined as coach Philippe Clement said he would still decide whether he would play for Brugge in the future.

“It was a dumb mistake. A mistake that had consequences for the result and we are all very cross about it,” the coach said at the time.

On Thursday, Clement told reporters he was still to take a decision on when Diagne could return to the team, even though he did play in a training match at the weekend.

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