Friday Aug 31, 2018. 17:15
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is a surprise omission from Ivory Coast's squad for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month.
The Elephants travel to Kigali next week for a must win clash against Rwanda, following the country's surprise 3-2 defeat at home to Guinea in June last year.
The reason behind Zaha's omission is not quite clear, but a source told BBC Sport that the 25-year-old's absence from the squad is due to personal reasons.
Zaha has scored two goals in three English Premier League games this season, having penned a new long-term deal with the Eagles earlier this month.
Furthermore, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho and Yaya Toure - who last year reversed his decision to retire from international football - were also not included in Ibrahim Kamara's 23-man squad.
Ivory Coast 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Sayouba Mandé (Odense BK, Denmark), Badra Ali Sangare (Free State, South Africa), Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo)
Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Mamadou Bagayoko (KV Mechelen, Belgium), Ghislain Konan (Reims, France), Adama Traore (Göztepe, Turkey),Kouadio-Yves Dabila (Lille, France), Lamine Kone (Strasbourg, France), Wilfried Kanon (Ado Den Haag, Holland)
Midfielders: Jean Michaël Seri (Fulham, England), Serey Dié (Basel, Switzerland), Jean-Eudes Aholou (Monaco, France), Franck Kessié (AC Milan, Italy), Cheick Doukouré (Levante, Spain), Serge N'Guessan (Nancy, France)
Forwards: Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Roger Assalé (Young Boys, Switzerland), Nicolas Pépé (Lille, France), Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse, France), Vakoun Issouf Bayo (Dunajská Streda, Slovakia), Maxwell Cornet (Lyon, France)