English Premier League side Watford have released Senegalese winger Ismaila Sarr to join his teammates on the national team ahead of Afcon next week.

It was confirmed by the Federation Senegal Football (FSF) that the 23-year-old has left London for Cameroon.

The Hornets had earlier refused to release the former Rennes man on injury grounds while coach Aliou Cisse had gone ahead to name him in his 23-man squad knowing the player is injured.

Sarr had suffered a Knee Ligament injury in November and has been out ever since but according to FIFA rules, any player called up for international duty must be released, even if injured so they can be assessed by their country’s own medical staff.

The Hornets had also invited the West-African nation to send their own medical team to assess the player according to the club statement.

“Ismaila Sarr suffered a knee ligament injury on November 20 in the match against Manchester United and has not been fit to play for Watford since.

In early December, the club wrote to the Senegal Football Federation outlining the clinical diagnosis of Ismaila’s injury and immediately followed that up by supplying the MRI scans detailing the extent of the injury. After further consultation with medical experts, we informed the federation of Ismaila’s rehabilitation process and likely time frame of recovery

Within the past 10 days, the club has reiterated to the Senegal Football Federation the player’s current medical status and recovery schedule

The Hornets have also invited the Senegal Football Federation to instruct their own independent surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and rehabilitation period.”

Watford’s statement

Senegal sought FIFA’s intervention and demanded the winger’s release and he is now set to team up with the rest of the squad in Dakar.

Senegal kick off their first game on Monday when they slug it out with Zimbabwe in Bafoussam.