Zaha shortlisted to play qualifiers against Rwanda despite hamstring injury

Zaha was named in coach Ibrahim Kamara’s twenty-four man list.
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha celebrate they win during English Premier League between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at King Power stadium , Leicester, England on 23 Feb 2019. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto)

Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha may be playing his first game in the Africa cup of Nations qualifiers match against Rwanda on 23 March.

Zaha was named in coach Ibrahim Kamara’s twenty-four man list.

The Ivorien team, The Elephants, is second in Group H with 8 points while Guinea tops the group with 11 points, Central Africa Republic is third with 5 points, while Rwanda has 2 points.

Zaha, who has missed the last two qualifiers due to “personal reasons” had a hamstring injury that kept him out of the FA Cup defeat at Watford.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast is badly hit with injuries, midfielder Cheick Doukoure and Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba have both damaged knee ligaments and look near certain to miss the tournament.

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Ghislain Konan of Reims and Gotzepe’s Adama Traore are also still unavailable as they battle their long-term injuries.

This means left back Wonlo Coulibaly and France-born striker Yakou Meite may make their debuts.

Simon Deli, Abdoulaye Bamba, Ismael Traore, Ismael Diomande and Victorien Angban are among players also trying to stake a claim for a place in Coach Ibrahim Kamara’s final squad.

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Badra Ali Sangare (Free State Stars, South Africa), Abdoul Karim Cisse (Asec Mimosas)

Defenders: Bamba Abdoulaye and Traore Ismael (Angers, France), Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Mamadou Bakayoko (Red Star, France), Wonlo Coulibaly (Asec Mimosas), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Wilfried Kanon (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands)

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Midfielders: Jean Michel Seri (Fulham, England), Serey Die (Neuchatel Xamax, Switzerland), Victorien Angban (FC Metz, France), Franck Kessie (AC Milan, Italy), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz 05, Germany), Ismael Diomande (SM Caen, France)

Strikers: Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Roger Assale (Young Boys, Switzerland), Nicolas Pepe (Lille, France), Max Gradel (Toulouse FC, France), Maxwell Cornet (Olympique Lyon, France), Yakou Meite (Reading FC, England), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, England)

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