As Cameroon try to claw their way into the top two of Group A following their 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Friday, they might be without star striker Samuel Eto'o.
Coach Volker Finke admitted Sunday that Eto'o had missed training due to injury, per Agence France-Presse, via FIFA.com.
"He has a problem with the right knee that he already had at the end of the season with his club Chelsea," Finke told reporters. "He did not train yesterday nor today."
Eto'o later tweeted out more information about his status:
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.— Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) June 15, 2014
Eto'o has been the biggest name in Cameroonian football for the last decade, but he's clearly on the decline. In a way, his absence may not be much of a hindrance to the national team.
The Chelsea forward has always had a contentious relationship with the Cameroonian federation and national team. This is a player who accused his own teammates of freezing him out during a match in November.
If Eto'o does miss the match against Croatia on Wednesday, Finke will likely opt for Vincent Aboubakar up top. For some, Aboubakar's inclusion will be overdue. Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe thought the Lorient striker should have started Cameroon's opener against Mexico:
@rossdunbar93 Eto'o should be deeper with Aboubakar up top. That said, Eto'o won't press— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) June 13, 2014
The Croatia match could be a great test to see how the Indomitable Lions fare without their most influential player.
While Eto'o's potential absence may not be a huge blow, his status is still a situation worth monitoring as the World Cup moves forward.