Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar will not leave camp following the knee injury that threatened to end his participation at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.
Aboubakar was hurt in training and reports later suggested he had been allowed to leave camp and return to his club Besiktas for further check-up and treatment.
However, on Saturday hours before tournament kick-off, Cameroon FA issued a statement confirming Aboubakar’s injury was not as serious as earlier thought and that he will stay on with the team in Ivory Coast under the care of the medical staff and could play a part in the tournament.
“It is a minor injury not affecting the player’s participation in the competition. As a result, he continues his preparation under the supervision of the medical team, indicating a return very soon to the group,” the Cameroon Football Federation said in a statement.
“The captain of the Indomitable Lions, also the most experienced player in the squad, maintains high spirits and a determined mindset. He is ready to rigorously follow treatment protocols to participate.”
The 31-year-old with 97 caps has competed at three World Cup finals for Cameroon and three previous Cup of Nations tournaments. The Indomitable Lions will get into action on Monday, January 15, against Guinea.