Cameroon are likely to be a squad player short for their opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations clash after Joel Tagueu was ruled out of the competition because of a heart defect. The Indomitable Lions will play Guinea-Bissau at 19:00 on Tuesday.
The issue was first noticed during a pre-tournament training camp in Qatar. A scan revealed a with the striker’s coronary artery.
In a statement, the Cameroon Football Federation said that there is a “non-zero risk of sudden death on the field”.
Head coach Clarence Seedorf is expected to call up a replacement for the 25-year-old. The team has filed a request for a replacement, but will have to wait for the governing body’s approval.
Tagueu, who spent last season with Portuguese top-flight side Maritimo, had undergone several such scans “over the last eight years, according to team doctor Professor William Ngatchou. Previous scans didn’t show any serious issues.
He has made four appearances for Cameroon to date. Tagueu scored eight times in 30 league appearances for his club side last season.