AFCON 2017: Super Eagles WCQ foe Algeria dealt major blow
Africa Focus By: Ambrose Udeme | 12/01/2017
Algeria's influential midfielder Saphir Taider has been ruled out of the African Cup of Nations in Gabon after picking up a "serious injury" during a training session, according to our source in Algeria.Algeria's influential midfielder Saphir Taider has been ruled out of the African Cup of Nations after picking up a "serious injury" during a training session, according to our source in Algeria.READ MORE: Algeria exclude West Ham's Feghouli from AFCON squad1
The 24-year old Bologna man will leave Algeria's training camp and head back to Italy on Thursday morning to receive treatment. Meanwhile, 19-year old Arsenal star Ismael Bennacer has been drafted into the squad, replacing the injured Taider, FCNaija.com source can confirm.Ennahar also said defender Ramy Bensebaini, who plays for Stade Rennes in France, is doubtful for the tournament due to a knee complaint.Algeria open their Nations Cup campaign against Zimbabwe on Sunday. They will also face North African rivals Tunisia and tournament favourites Senegal in a tough Group B.Algeria won their only Nations Cup title in 1990 when they hosted the biennial showpiece.