5/27/2018 11:51:54 PM (GMT+3)

Senegal aren’t favourites, but anything’s possible: Mbodji

Senegal aren’t favourites, but anything’s possible: Mbodji

MUMBAI, India: Senegal defender Kara Mbodji said he is happy to be back from a five-month injury lay-off.

“It’s not been easy for me but I’m happy to be back on the field of play. I have to work hard now to be ready for the World Cup,” he told fifa.com.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse selected him for the World Cup after he recovered from a serious knee injury.

Making only their second finals appearance after 2002, the Lions of Teranga are hoping to do even better than last time.

“It’s only natural that we want to go further than the generation of 2002,” said Mbodji. “We have to rise to the occasion and need to get past the group phase and then go as far as we can. It would be fantastic for us and the people of Senegal if we did better than in 2002.”

Senegal have been drawn in Group H.

“Senegal aren’t favourites against Poland and Colombia, but anything’s possible. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in Russia,” he added.