Two strikers of the Tunisian national football team, Saber Khlifa and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, have pulled out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2015).
Khlifa and Youssef pulled out because of injuries sustained in last Sunday’s warm-up match against Algeria.
The Tunisian Football Federation said on its website on Wednesday that the two players had muscle injuries during their 1-1 friendly match against Algeria at Rades Stadium of Tunis.
The medical staff of the team said the two players would be out of action for several weeks.
Youssef has just signed for French club FC Metz from Tunisian club CS Sfaxien while Khlifa plays for Tunisian side Club Africain.
The coach Georges Leekens has called up Adem Rejaïbi of Club Athlétique Bizertin and Ahmed Akaichi striker of Espérance Sportive de Tunis, both Tunisian clubs, to fill the void.
Meanwhile, the team left the international airport of Tunis-Carthage on Wednesday on board a special flight, bound for Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.
Tunisia is in Group B with Cape Verde, Zambia and DR Congo.
Tunisia will play its first match on Sunday at Ebebyin Stadium against Cape Verde before playing Zambia on Jan. 22 in the same stadium and Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 26 at Bata Stadium.