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Algeria federation: Striker Slimani out of final group game

January 25, 2015

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Striker Islam Slimani will miss Algeria’s decisive final group game against Senegal at the African Cup of Nations.

The Algeria Football Federation said Slimani was injured in the 1-0 loss to Ghana, missed training on Saturday and will be sidelined against Senegal after medical tests. The federation did not specify what the injury was.

Sporting Lisbon forward Slimani is one of the team’s most important attacking players, and scored in a 3-1 win over South Africa at the start of the group stage.

Top-ranked African team Algeria came to the Cup of Nations as one of the tournament favorites but is not yet certain of a place in the quarterfinals following its stoppage-time loss to Ghana on Friday. Algeria is third in Group C and needs to beat Senegal on Tuesday in Malabo to be certain of progressing.

Ghana plays South Africa in the other Group C game on the same day. All four teams still have a chance of going through to the quarters.

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