Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifyin...
Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifying double-header against Liberia.
Bony limped off in City's 0-0 Premier League draw at Aston Villa on Sunday because of a hamstring injury, with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini saying afterwards he did not think the 26-year-old would be able to play during this international break.
And it was subsequently confirmed by the Confederation of African Football [CAF] on Wednesday that Bony would not be involved in the Elephants' clashes with Liberia away on Friday and at home next Tuesday.
Another City player who will not feature in those matches is midfielder Yaya Toure - although he has declared he will be "ready" to rejoin the national team next year.
Toure, who won the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast in February, has not been part of the squad of late having wanted a rest, but it seems he is not about to retire from international football.