Gervinho set to miss Nations Cup

Gervinho suffered the injury while playing for Hebei Fortune in China

There are fears that Gervinho will miss next year's Africa Cup of Nations after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament.

The injury has already forced Gervinho out of Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifier against Morocco on 12 November and a friendly with France three days later,

The former Arsenal striker now on the books of Hebei Fortune in China joins Manchester United defender Eric Bailly on the sidelines.

Bailly injured his knee in last month's 4-0 defeat at Chelsea and is out for several weeks.

Better news though for the Elephants is that Hertha Berlin striker Salomon Kalou, who missed last month's qualifier with Mali, is back and in the squad announced by coach Michel Dussuyer.

Three new faces are goalkeeper Axel Kacou of French side Tours, striker Nicolas Pepe, also based in France with Angers, and midfielder Jules Eboue of Russian side Krasnodar.

Ivory Coast squad:

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe/DRC), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR), Axel Kacou (FC Tours/FRA), Ali Badra Sangare (AS Tanda/CIV)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Paris SG/FRA), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Ousmane Diarrassouba (Adanaspor/TUR), Wilfried Kanon (The Hague/NED), Lamine Kone (Sunderland AFC/ENG), Adama Traore (FC Basel/SUI), Bagayoko Mamadou (KV Sint Truiden/BEL)

Midfielders: Geoffrey Serey Die (FC Basel/SUI), Victorien Angban(Grenada/ESP), Cheick Doukoure (FC Metz/FRA), Franck Kessie (Atlanta Bergame/ITA), Serge N'Guessan (AS Nancy Lorraine/FRA), Jean Michael Seri (Nice/FRA), Jules Eboue (Krasnodar/RUS)

Strikers: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City/ENG), Max Gradel (Bournemouth/ENG), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa/ENG), Giovanni Sio (Rennes/FRA), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Nicolas Pepe (Angers/FRA)