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Algeria's Saphir Taider out of Nations Cup after injury- report

Published on: 12 January 2017
Germany's Mesut Ozil (L) and Algeria's Saphir Taider fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 30, 2014 (Reuters)

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, local newspaper Ennahar reported on Wednesday.

The Bologna man, 24, will leave Algeria's training camp and head back to Italy on Thursday morning to receive treatment, according to the paper which did not reveal the type of injury which hit the player.

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.

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