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Coach: Cameroon wants to leave World Cup on high note against Brazil, but Eto'o won't start

  • Cameroon's head coach Volker Finke looks at his team during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Cameroon at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Cameroon began the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Mexico and a 4-0 defeat to Croatia and they will want to leave the World Cup by beating the hosts. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Cameroon's head coach Volker Finke looks at his team during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Cameroon at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Cameroon began the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Mexico and a 4-0 defeat to Croatia and they will want to leave the World Cup by beating the hosts. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cameroon's Samuel Eto’o, second from left, talks with a member of his team during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Cameroon at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Cameroon began the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Mexico and a 4-0 defeat to Croatia and they will want to leave the World Cup by beating the hosts. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Cameroon's Samuel Eto’o, second from left, talks with a member of his team during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Cameroon at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Cameroon began the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Mexico and a 4-0 defeat to Croatia and they will want to leave the World Cup by beating the hosts. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Cameroon national soccer team jog during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Cameroon at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Cameroon began the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Mexico and a 4-0 defeat to Croatia and it will now face the hosts Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Members of the Cameroon national soccer team jog during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Cameroon at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Cameroon began the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Mexico and a 4-0 defeat to Croatia and it will now face the hosts Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o will not start against Brazil, further hampering the African team's chances of upsetting the hosts in their World Cup match on Monday.

Cameroon coach Volker Finke said Sunday that Eto'o has not recovered from a knee injury that also kept him out of a 4-0 defeat against Croatia that ensured the Africans' early exit from the tournament.

Finke says Cameroon players want to leave the World Cup with their "heads high" after a dismal run that also saw them lose 1-0 to Mexico.

Brazil leads Group A with four points. Mexico also has four points, but it trails on goal difference. Croatia, which plays Mexico on Monday, has three.

For the hosts, the permutations range from winning the group to a shock exit, depending on results.