Slimani doubtful for Senegal clash

SlimaniAlgeria now look set to be without their deadly striker, Islam Slimani, for their crucial Group C match against Senegal in Malabo tomorrow.

Slimani is still nursing a muscle injury and now looks likely to sit out against Senegal’s Teranga Lions when they clash inside the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo.

The 26-year-old failed to join the Algerian team in training on Saturday just as the team’s technical staff are now considering leaving him out of their last group game.

The medical staff of the Desert Foxes revealed that the Sporting Lisbon attacker does not look in good shape to be part of the team for their next Africa Cup of Nations match.

Algeria head coach, Christian Gourcuff, insisted on playing Slimani in the match against Ghana’s Black Stars despite the striker failing to recover well from his muscle issue. The Foxes are in second place in Group C of the AFCON with three points, same as Ghana who will meet South Africa in Mongomo tomorrow.

Slimani scored the third goal in their 3-1 victory against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana last week before he picked up the injury.

The Algerian forward has been linked with a move to English club, Tottenham Hotspur by the Portuguese media.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s lead striker Emmanuel Mayuka is set to return to Southampton this week after a double groin injury effectively ruled him out of the African Nations Cup in another blow to his country’s hopes, officials said yesterday.

Mayuka, who has played just 49 minutes of Southampton’s impressive Premier League run this season, hurt himself on Thursday when Zambia lost their second group game in Ebibeyin to Tunisia. It followed a knee injury to key midfield Nathan Sinkala in their first game – a 1-1 draw with the Democratic Republic of Congo – that ruled the Grasshoppers Zurich player out of the rest of the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Zambia, the 2012 winners, need victory in their last Group B match against Cape Verde today to stand any chance of advancing to the weekend’s quarterfinals. — Supersport

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