Eto'o has been suffering with a knee injury sustained towards the end of the domestic Premier League season with Chelsea, and it could be severe enough to rule him out, despite his appearance in their opening World Cup defeat to Mexico. The veteran striker tweeted:
The doctors confirm! I would probably not be able to play the match vs Croatia on Wed, june18th due to an injury on my knee causing me pain.— Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) June 15, 2014
Losing Eto'o would be a massive blow for Cameroon, as despite being 33-years-old, he's still easily their best goalscorer. Fenerbahçe's Pierre Webó is a decent replacement, but isn't of the class of the Indomitable Lions' all-time top goalscorer.
Both Cameroon and Croatia know that another defeat would all but end their hopes of progressing into the knockout stages, after they lost to Mexico and Brazil respectively in the first slate of games.