07/25/2012 07:47 EDT | Updated 09/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Gabon left with just 16 players on Olympic football squad due to injuries, club commitments

NEWCASTLE, England - Gabon has been left with just 16 players rather than 18 on its Olympic football squad because of injury and club commitments.

Bruno Ecuele was not released by French club Lorient while fellow defender Emmanuel Ndong is injured ahead of Thursday's Group B opener against Switzerland at St. James Park.

Coach Claude Mbouronot says "I'm not sure what's happening with a replacement. Bruno is a very important player for us (...) but we will cope with the players we've got and adapt."