2022 World Cup qualifiers: Cameroon coach Song provides injury update on Aboubakar ahead of Algeria trip

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Cameroon coach Rigobert Song is confident Vincent Aboubakar will be fit in time for the second leg of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier against Algeria on Tuesday.

In Friday’s first leg, Aboubakar played just 45 minutes before being substituted at the break in their 1-0 loss to Desert Foxes.

Islam Slimani’s 40th-minute header split the Douala sides to give the visitors a crucial first-leg advantage in their quest to feature in the billed world showpiece for Qatar.

Song, in his briefing, revealed that the Cameroon captain injured his heel and was substituted early in the game to avoid further damage.

“Vincent Aboubakar has a recurring heel problem. The heavy nature of the pitch tonight made the pain worse, so we substituted him at the break to avoid the worst-case scenario,” Song said, via CAF website.

“We’ll see what happens in our next game, but we’re sure he’ll be available to help the team.”

Aboubakar remains a key player in the Indomitable Lions line-up and he was the top scorer at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with eight goals in seven matches.

Song, who suffered a defeat in his first match as Cameroon manager, is optimistic his team’s chances of overturning the first leg setback in Blida on Tuesday.

“Our performance was not bad. We did the right thing. We remain confident, we have to get a result in the second leg. We will try to qualify in Blida,” he said.

Cameroon have played in seven editions of the FIFA World Cup, although they did not qualify for the last edition in Russia 2018.

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