4, September 2017
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has been withdrawn from Cameroon’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria after suffering a hamstring injury. The Stoke City forward hobbled out of a 4-0 defeat to Nigeria in Uyo on Friday that all-but ended Cameroon’s hopes of making it to Russia next year. He lasted 13 minutes after being brought on at half-time with the score at 2-0.
Cameroon are winless after three of six games, seven points behind Group B leaders Nigeria, who will be defending a 100 per cent record when the reverse fixture takes place in Yaoundé tomorrow (6pm). Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has played for Cameroon at two World Cup finals.
Choupo-Moting will now be hoping to be back available for Stoke’s next match in the Premier League, against Manchester United in front of the television cameras at the bet365 Stadium next Saturday evening (5.30pm).
Cameroon boss Hugo Broos said this afternoon: “Choupo is out for tomorrow. This is the second time this has happened. It’s a shame because every time he’s here he gets hurt and when he’s not here it’s because he got hurt with his club.
“He is suffering a little too much with this injury. It’s not pleasant for him or for us.” Choupo-Moting, aged 28, has started Stoke’s last two games as centre forward having joined as a free agent in the summer after leaving Schalke.