Bony, Kalou out of Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifiers

Published 11/10/2015, 2:13 PM EST
Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Bony celebrates his second goal during their quarter-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Algeria in Malabo February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Wilfred Bony and Salomon Kalou have both withdrawn from Ivory Coast’s squad for their two-legged World Cup qualifier against Liberia, the Ivorian Football Federation said on Tuesday.

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The strikers are joined on the sidelines by Thomas Toure, leaving the African champions with threadbare attacking resources.

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They play the first leg away in Monrovia on Friday and host the return in Abidjan next Tuesday.

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The Ivorian federation said Bony hurt his hamstring at the weekend playing for Manchester City while Toure of Girondins Bordeaux suffered a relapse of a previous injury.

Kalou is suffering with headaches after a violent blow to the head playing in the Bundesliga for Hertha Berlin, the federation added.

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Roger Assale of TP Mazembe Englebert, the Congolese club who won the African Champions League on Sunday, has been called up as a replacement.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Toby Davis)

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