Tunisian international midfielder Ousemma Darragi is almost certain to miss his country’s second group match against Gabon in Lubango on Sunday as he is suffering from both and ankle sprain and tendinitis in his achilles tendon.
“I have an injury in my achilles tendon. It’s hurting me so I decided to rest it today. I’m going to take care of it with the physical therapist,” said the player while speaking to TV7.
“I hope it’ll be ok, it’s come at a tough time. I’d rather be with my team-mates. Hopefully I can get over it because this is the first time this has happened to me.”
Darragi came off limping in the Carthage Eagles’ preparation match versus the Gambia in Tunis before the team traveled to Angola but was passed fit prior to the group D opener against Zambia on Wednesday and made the starting lineup.
Unfortunately for the North Africans, their national team coach’s gamble of using him didn’t pay off as he was on the receiving end of some tough tackles that aggravated the pre-existing knock. The usually sensational number 10 was far off his form as a result and failed to make an impact.
He was replaced in the second half by Issam Jemaa and there are now doubts as to whether he will even be available for the final group game against Cameroon.