Striker Samuel Eto’o has been ruled out with a knee injury, and may not play again during this World Cup, reports Sky
The 33-year-old forward has reportedly been hampered by the injury for some time, and was far from his best as the Indomitable Lions opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico last Friday.
Eto’o, currently a free agent having been released by Chelsea at the end of the 2013/14 season, has apparently been told by medical staff that he must rest for at least 10 days. This means he will definitely miss Cameroon’s crucial match with Croatia on Wednesday and in all likelihood will also be unable to face Brazil in their final group game.
Eto’o confirmed: “During the match against Mexico, I tried but after consulting the medical staff we realised that I needed a rest. Even in the ninth minute, I felt pain.”
The striker has been a controversial figure in recent times, apparently playing a leading part in a dispute with the Cameroon football federation over bonus payments, which delayed the team’s departure for Brazil.
But as his country’s all-time leading scorer and record appearance holder with 56 goals in 118 games, he leaves a big hole as Cameroon seek to overturn their disastrous start to this World Cup and progress beyond the group stage.