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Bayern Munich’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting suffers knee injury in Cameroon training

A knee injury sidelines Choupo-Moting ahead of Cameroon’s appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Eric-Maxim Chopuo-Moting injured his right knee in training with Cameroon and has undergone a MRI to determine the extent of the damage. Choupo-Moting suffered “acute pain in his right knee” according to the Cameroon FA press officer Serge Guiffo.

Choupo-Moting missed the last month of the Hinrunde for Bayern Munich due to COVID protocols, so he hasn’t actually played a match since November 19. If he’s actually suffered a knee injury and set to miss any significant time, it’s a big blow to club and country.

Cameroon’s group at the Africa Cup of Nations is Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, and Ethiopa. As the host and one of the favorites, losing a veteran player with Choupo-Moting’s quality would be a terrible blow heading into a major tournament.

Four other Cameroon players — Pierre Kunde Malong, Jean Efala Konguep, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog — remain in quarantine after testing positive for COVID.

The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on January 9 with the final on February 6.