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Burkina Faso's star player Alain Traore has been ruled out for the rest of the Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 30 January 2013 Time: 13:07

Burkina Faso's star player Alain Traore has likely been ruled out for the rest of the Africa Cup of Nations with a leg injury.

Traore pulled a muscle in his left thigh in Tuesday's goalless draw with Zambia, which saw his side top Group C. They are likely to face either Togo or Tunisia in Sunday's quarterfinal.

READ: Zambia slink out of Afcon

"Alain's chances of continuing in this Nations Cup are minus 10 percent," the team's doctor, Romaric Toe, told AFP on Wednesday.

"He pulled a muscle in his left thigh, and will undergo all the necessary examinations, but his competition I would say is over."

Traore said: "For me the Nations Cup is finished. We were waiting to qualify for the quarterfinals for such a long time this injury has spoiled the enjoyment a little."

The forward has played a huge role in his sides march to the quarterfinals when he scored the stoppage time goal that saw them draw 1-1 with Nigeria, and then grabbed a brace in the 4-0 rout of Ethiopia.

The injury comes after an ankle sprain in mid-December that almost cost him his place in coach Paul Put's Afcon squad.

Previous comments on this story...

Tico MP
posted: 01:57 pm
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 02:17 pm
What a player
posted: 02:52 pm
Wishing him a speedy recovery! Great player.
posted: 03:08 pm
Burkina Faso will not be the same without you boy, Wish you a speedy recovery. What a player with an eye for goal.
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 03:09 pm
sorry chap.
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 03:20 pm
Im scared of this player...very dangerous

No speedy recovery wished this is a blessing in disguise for us...cos we would have met him in the final...

Bafana all the way
posted: 01:34 am
Wish u speedy recovery boy I enjoyed watching u play cz u score beautiful goals,Pitriopa wil miss u cz BANCE yena sa gagwe ke dintwa
posted: 06:18 pm
I ws lokin foward 4 ds boy,sori boy
posted: 09:44 am
Star**** super left foot.
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