NELSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) — Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi says he expects key player Youssef Msakni to recover from a bronchial infection in time to face Togo in Wednesday's crucial African Cup of Nations game at the Mbombela Stadium.

Msakni did not take part in training with the rest of the Tunisia squad on Monday, but Trabelsi said Tuesday that the midfielder will be healthy enough to join his teammates for a later session.

The 22-year-old prodigy, who plays for Lekhwiya in Qatar, scored a late winner to give Tunisia a 1-0 victory over Algeria in its opening game.

Tunisia has three points but trails Togo on goal difference in Group D, meaning only victory on Wednesday will see the Tunisians progress to the quarterfinals.

 

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