Manaus: Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’ will miss Wednesday’s match against Croatia and may play no further part in the World Cup because of his on-going knee injury, both he and team officials said on Monday.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year tweeted he was out of the next Group A match against Croatia in Manaus. “The doctors confirm! I would probably not be able to play the match vs Croatia on Wed, june18th due to an injury on my knee causing me pain,” he said on his Twitter account.
“It is a situation we have to monitor as it is an injury he picked up from the end of the season with Chelsea,” coach Volker Finke told a press conference at the team base in Vitoria. The absence of Eto’ would be a blow to Cameroon, who delivered a tepid performance in their first outing on Friday against Mexico in Natal.
Finke said it was imperative Cameroon, who last won at the World Cup finals against Saudi Arabia in 2002, emerged victorious over a Croatia team beaten 3-1 by Brazil in the tournament opener on Thursday.
“They are in the same situation as us, they lost their opener. If you have zero points after the first game, you do not talk too much, you just have to win at all costs.
Croatia is a team that has good players. There are players who play at clubs in Spain, at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, in the Bundesliga ... It is clear that this is a good team,” the coach added.