English Premier League trio
Salomon Kalou and the Toure brothers, Kolo and Yaya, became the
latest players to withdraw from the Ivory Coast squad for
Wednesday's home friendly against Guinea in Abidjan.
Regular captain Didier Drogba withdrew earlier this week and
the striker has since been joined by Chelsea team-mate Kalou,
the Manchester City duo, and four other Europe-based players,
the Ivorian federation said on its website.
Five of the eight missing players were injured, according to
the federation, including defender Kolo Toure, who has not
played since the African Nations Cup final defeat to Zambia on
Midfielder Yaya Toure traveled to Abidjan after playing for
Manchester City on Saturday but has since been ruled out, the
federation said, adding administrative problems were behind
Kalou's failure to turn up but gave no further details.
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