AFCON2023: Vincent Aboubakar To Remain With Cameroon Squad Despite Injury Scare

Cameroon are optimistic, captain Vincent Aboubakar will still be able to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations despite sustaining an injury in training on Friday.

According to a confirmation by Cameroon team officials, ESPN gathered that, the 31-year-old Besiktas striker injured his thigh and promptly received treatment at a hospital in Yamoussoukro, where he was diagnosed with a muscle tear.

Aboubakar, who led the line in the indomitable Lions final pre-tournament friendly against Zambia on Tuesday, now appears a doubt for the Lions’ opener against Guinea, and may be targeting a return when coach Rigobert Song’s side face holders Senegal on Friday.

“During the Indomitable Lions’ training session in Yamoussoukro on Jan. 12, national team captain Vincent Aboubakar had to stop the training session when he felt a pain in his left thigh,” Cameroon physician Dr Patrick Fotso Gwabap said.

“The player was immediately taken under care by the medical team, this minor injury should not result in unavailability that would prevent the player from taking part in the competition”, it added.

Aboubakar recall, claimed the competition’s Golden Boot in 2022 on home soil with eight goals.

Set to compete in his fourth AFCON tournament, he has won the Nations Cup with Cameroon in 2017, scoring an 88th-minute winner in the final as the Central Africans defeated Egypt 2-1 to clinch their fifth title.

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