Mali-Ivory coast

Injury crisis hits Ivorian hope

The Ivory Coast have suffered a series of injury setbacks as they prepare for their crucial World Cup qualifier against Mali in Bamako on Friday with midfielder Jean-Michael Seri the latest to pull out of the Group C encounter, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
Seri from French club Nice joins captain Gervinho (Hebei Fortune), Seydou Doumbia (Sporting Lisbon), Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) and Adama Traore from Turkish club Goztepespor on the sidelines.

The five had all been named in an original squad that already was without long-term injury victims Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse) and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).