Ivory Coast have been dealt a significant blow ahead of the Gabon game on Saturday in their 2017 Nations Cup qualifier opener, with several key players ruled out with injuries.
The absence of AS Roma flamboyant winger Gervinho, Villarreal defender Eric Bailly and PSG wing-back Serge Aurier from the game has now been confirmed, French magazine l'Equipe reported.
The bad news adds more misery for interim coach Ibrahim Kamara, who has been filling in for departed coach Herve Renard since last May, after the latter led them to their only African title in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year.
The Elephants' captain and inspirational midfielder Yaya Toure, four-time African player of the year, and his brother Kolo have already been ruled out for injuries too.
Kamara has had to include a few figures from the domestic league with the likes of D’Avila Ba Loua from Asec Mimosas and Bayo Vakoum Issouf from Stade d’Abidjan.
Ivory Coast was due to host the game, but they have requested to switch the venue as their home stadiums are still under preparation.
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