Ivorian international Seydou Doumbia will miss the next two months after he picked up a tendon injury while diving for a penalty.
Doumbia, 29, damaged his tendon when he dived in a bid to win a penalty during the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Matchday 2 clash between his Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and Spanish giants Barcelona on Wednesday night.
Seydou Doumbia was given a yellow card before he limped out of the game, which ended in a 1-0 home defeat for his side.
The former AS Roma and Newcastle United striker is now set to miss Ivory Coast’s final two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and Morocco as a result of the injury.
His injury was confirmed by Ivory Coast manager Marc Wilmots, who will be without several key players apart from Doumbia. Other Ivorian stars like Gervinho, Wilfried Zaha and Max Gradel are expected to miss the two qualifiers.