- Pape Matar Sarr scored and picked up an injury this Sunday at White Heart Lane
- The midfielder’s second AFCON tournament is largely dependent on the medical reports that will be made in the hours ahead
- Sarr joins Gana Gueye,Boulaye Dia, Nampalys Mendy and Aliou Cisse on the list of players in Senegal’s AFCON squad with injuries
Coach Aliou Cisse has another injury case to worry about after England-based midfielder Pape Matar Sarr was substituted in the first half of Tottenham’s ongoing Premier League match day 20 game against Bournemouth minutes after scoring the only goal so far.
Sarr scored the only goal of the game nine minutes into the context, but was replaced by Oliver Skipp after he appeared to have done his groin.
The extent of the injury is yet to be established, but the player’s body language at the time of his movement off the pitch didn’t look promising.
The 21-year-old was included in his country’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) squad announced this week, but his participation is now in doubt.
The Spurs medical staff is expected to access the nature of the injury and communicate the extent of the damage exactly two weeks before the start of the 34th edition of the Africa football extravaganza.
The likes of Gana Gueye, Boulaye Dia, Nampalys Mendy and Aliou Cisse join a number of injured players named in the final squad for the tournament
However, coach Cisse has expressed optimism and hopes the players can recover in time for the 24-nation tournament which will run from January 13 to February 11 next year in Côte D’Ivoire.
Defending champions, Senegal are in the tournament’s Group C alongside five-time winners Cameroon, last edition’s quarter-finalist The Gambia and 1976 runners-up, Guinea.
The Teranga Lions will get their competition underway on January 15 against eternal rivals The Gambia, before facing Cameroon in a remake of the 2002 final on January 19. The West Africans will round their group stage commitment against Guinea four days after the Cameroon clash.
Coach Cisse did risk traveling to Cameroon for the last edition of the AFCON with an unfit Sadio Mane who recovered within the tournament and led his country to their first continental triumph.
In a related development, Burkina Faso’s Dango Ouatarra was also replaced by the Bournemouth coach after he was injured in the same game.
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