Injury bug hits Taider and Algeria
Algeria's Desert Foxes have suffered a major blow after Bologna midfielder Saphir Taider sustained a groin injury in training on Wednesday just ahead of their departure to Franceville in Gabon for AFCON 2017 .
According to the Algeria football federation, Taider was involved in a training ground clash with his fellow teammate and the medical staff have concluded the injuries he suffered rule him out of the tournament, a big blow to the country and player who had been expected to be crucial in Gabon.
Scan results gave further insight to the severity of the injury that led the medical and the technical bench led by George Leekens to make the decision.
The federation’s official statement further disclosed the 24-year-old central midfielder will be replaced by another player who is yet to be named.
Algeria are in Group B along with Tunisia, Senegal and Zimbabwe.
They begin their campaign on Sunday against Zimbabwe in Franceville.