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Ghana's record goalscorer Asamoah Gyan will return to international duty for the Black Stars in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone, but there are no places in the squad for the Ayew brothers.  

Gyan is part of a 23-man squad released by Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah for the mid-October games, despite a season spent largely on the bench at Turkish side Kayserispor. He has played just 35 minutes of club football this season but is one of four forwards named in the side.  

The inclusion of the 32-year-old is bound to lead to renewed debate about Appiah's decisions, especially after his continuous omission of Andre and Jordan Ayew, despite the pair having much better club seasons than Gyan.  

Andre Ayew has started life well at Turkish side Fernabahce, with two goals from seven games, while Jordan Ayew has become more involved for Crystal Palace in recent weeks.  

Appiah has not explained their omissions, but has not called on either player for over a year after they both opted out of a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo last year.

In addition to Gyan, there is a return to international duty for Columbus Crew center back Jonathan Mensah after a year out, and a first call up in three years for Atletico Madrid midfielder Bernard Mensah, who is currently on loan at Kayserispor.  

Ghana top Group F of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on goal difference and would be seeking to bounce back from defeat in Kenya when they face Sierra Leone on October 11 in Kumasi, and on 15 October in Freetown.  

Goalkeepers:

Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, SA), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Sochaux, France) and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Defenders:

Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), John Boye (FC Metz, France) Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England) Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy) and Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal)

Midfielders:

Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Mubarak Wakaso (Alaves, Spain), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Bernard Mensah (Kayserispor, Turkey), Thomas Agyapong (Hibernian, Scotland), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey),  Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium)and Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy)

Forwards:

Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey) Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Majeed Waris (Nantes, France) and Emmanuel Boateng (Levante, Spain)

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