ABIDJAN - Yaya Toure has been forced to
withdraw from the Ivory Coast squad for Sunday's African Nations
Cup qualifier against Benin after failing to recover from an
injury picked up at the weekend.
Toure hurt his right leg playing for Manchester City at
Chelsea last weekend and would miss the match in Accra on
Sunday, the Ivorian Football Federation said on Friday.
A statement said newcomer Max-Alain Gradel of Leeds United
was in line for a debut as a replacement.
Ivory Coast were due to host Benin in Abidjan but have had
to move the game to neighbouring Ghana because of the security
situation in the country.
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