Mame Biram Diouf out with thigh strain

Mame Biram Diouf of Hannover celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Artur Sobiech of Hannover the Bundesliga match between Hannover 96 and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at HDI Arena on August 31, 2013
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Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf is ruled out for two to three weeks by a tear in his thigh, his second injury problem in as many months.

Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf is facing another spell on the sidelines with a partial thigh tear, but the problem is not thought to be as bad as first feared.

Diouf returned after a month out with an ankle injury against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, but left the field less than 20 minutes after coming on as a substitute.

The Senegalese forward had a scan on a thigh injury yesterday which revealed partial tears to muscle fibres, but no muscular damage.

Hannover expect the former Manchester United marksman to be out for around three weeks, making him a huge doubt for Senegal's World Cup qualifier with the Ivory Coast later this month.

The 25-year-old is a key figure for Hannover, scoring twice in five appearances so far this season.

Mame Biram Diouf of Hannover celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Artur Sobiech of Hannover the Bundesliga match between Hannover 96 and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at HDI Arena on August 31, 2013
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