Reuters is reporting that Samuel Eto’o is set to join the Cameroon National Team after changing his mind on retiring from international football.
Following his country’s 1-0 victory over Libya on September 8th, the Chelsea striker told his Cameroon teammates that he was retiring from international football because he had “personal issues to resolve.”
Eto’o made the decision after refusing to train during the week leading up to the Libya match following a dispute with German coach Volker Finke over the team to play.
After Cameroon won Group I and booked their place in the decisive African World Cup playoffs (set for October and November), Finke said: “Samuel Eto’o is a great player and it is better that he should be the one to explain things. He is the only one who can explain why he took the decision.”
Now it appears that the decision has weighed enough on the long-standing captain as he is set to link up with his fellow countrymen in France ahead of their weekend playoff match in Tunisia on Sunday.
“It is the wish of the country’s number one person that I should come back to the national team so that we should do everything and work hard for Cameroon to qualify for the next World Cup,” he said after a meeting with the Secretary-General at Cameroon’s Presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, who received him on behalf of President Paul Biya.
“So I will do everything to make sure I meet up with my team mates in France,” he said.
It seems Finke called Eto’o’s bluff on the decision to retire as the manager selected the striker even before his decision to make the u-turn.
The second leg of Cameroon’s playoff with Tunisia will be played on November 17th in Yaounde.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.