INJURED this weekend against CSKA Moscow in the Russian’s Cup final with Anzhi Makhachkala, Cameroon’s skipper Samuel Eto’o is doubtful for the two upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The Indomitable Lions will face Togo in Lomé before heading to Kinshasa to battle with the Democratic Republic of Congo, without their legendary striker and charismatic captain.
Anzhi notified the Cameroonian Football Federation on Saturday of Eto’o’s problems, mentioning injuries “on the left hamstrings, the insertion of the left adductor and the right hip”.
And the Daguestan-based outfit agreed to have their key player checked by Cameroon’s medical staff, as required by Fifa.
“He will fly to Cameroon on Monday where the medical staff of the national team can see him”.
If the former Barcelona player’s withdrawal is confirmed, it will be a big blow for the Indomitable Lions’ new coach, Volker Finke, who managed a goalless draw on Sunday evening against the Ukraine in Kiev, despite the absence of numerous key players including Eto’o.
The Cameroonian forward and his team mates were defeated by Russian League champions CSKA Moscow in a penalty shoot-out on Saturday, in the national cup’s final.
Meanwhile, Rainford Kalaba was declared fit for Saturday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho after a two week injury layoff.
The Zambia and TP Mazembe midfielder has been nursing a calf injury that saw him miss his DR Congo clubs’ Caf Confederation Cup away match on Sunday in Mozambique against Liga Muculmana in Maputo. Kalaba, who joined the Zambia camp on June 1 in Ndola, took part in full training under Herve Renard at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Monday where they will host Lesotho in a Group D tie on June 8.
“We checked yesterday (Sunday) he seems to have recovered from his calf injury,” Zambia assistant coach Patrice Beaumelle said at the end of Monday morning training session.
“We checked with the Doctor yesterday and we had a light training yesterday and he seems ready to compete and play.”
Also in training was striker Jacob Mulenga from FC Utrecht in Holland who joined camp on Sunday night.
Renard now awaits four more players over the next 24 hours to complete his foreign-based call-ups.