Spurs star’s international involvement ends in heartbreak

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Tottenham defender Serge Aurier suffered Africa Cup of Nations disappointment on Thursday as Ivory Coast exited the tournament in the quarter-finals after losing on penalties to Algeria.

The Spurs right-back, who was already suffering an ankle injury in the group stages, injured his wrists during the half time interval against Mali for reportedly “banging on a table” (Daily Mail).

The defender, who is the captain of his country, thus had to watch from the sidelines as the Elephants were knocked out of the tournament.

Sofiane Feghouli fired Algeria ahead in the first half, but Jonathan Kodjia managed to get Ivory Coast back on level terms, which eventually forced extra-time in Egypt.

There were no further goals in the game and it was Algeria who held their nerve prevailing 4-3 on spot-kicks. Algeria will now face Nigeria in the semifinals, while Senegal and Tunisia will go head to head in the other semifinal clash.

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Aurier will likely have a short rest before joining up with the rest of the squad for preseason. There is no clear news on the extent of his injury but fans will be hoping that he will be back to 100% before the start of the new campaign.

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