MOSCOW: Both Senegal and Denmark have suffered injury blows at the World Cup finals in Russia.

Senegal defender Saliou Ciss has been ruled out of the tournament and will be replaced by Adama Mbengue.

The left back, who plays his club football at Valenciennes in France’s Ligue 2, suffered an ankle injury in last month’s friendly against Luxembourg. His departure comes two days after his 29th birthday.

Mbengue, 24, arrived on Sunday, having been on standby over the last weeks. He is from Ligue 1 club Caen.
Senegal’s change came a day before the deadline for final injury replacements. World Cup participants can only swap injured players up to 24 hours before their first game at the tournament.
Senegal take on Poland in their opening Group H game in Moscow on Tuesday.
Denmark will be without midfielder William Kvist for the rest of the World Cup after he suffered suspected fractured ribs in his side’s 1-0 win over Peru. Kvist was injured when jumping for a high ball with Peru’s Jefferson Farfan and the 33-year-old had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher and substituted.

The Danish federation said: “William Kvist has suffered a rib injury and is travelling home to Denmark. Everyone around the team wishes him a good recovery.”

Victory put Denmark in second place in Group C on three points with France top on goals scored. The Danes take on Australia in their next match on Thursday.