Cote D’Ivoire goalkeeper Copa Barry faces eight-week layoff

The Lokeren keeper will be sidelined for at least eight weeks following a shoulder sprain sustained during a training session with his Belgian side

Cote D’Ivoire first choice goalkeeper Copa Barry has been ruled out for eight weeks with a shoulder injury, his Belgian club Lokeren said in a statement on Monday.

The 33-year-old was a victim of a slight tear of the tendon of the shoulder during a training session on Saturday, the Tricolores management said.

The Elephants, who were knocked out by eventual champions Nigeria in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in the quarterfinals, would be doing without the former Beveren keeper during next month’s World Cup qualifier against the Gambia in Abidjan.

Copa outstandingly manned the Ivorian post across six games at the 2012 Afcon without conceding any goal, until the team lost in a penalty shootout against Zambia in the final.