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By ESPN Staff

Injury rules Drogba out of Nations Cup qualifier

ABIDJAN, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been left out of the Ivory Coast squad for their African Nations Cup qualifier at Gabon this weekend after picking up a knock on his knee in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Drogba, injured in the closing stages of Chelsea's 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa, has been replaced in the 18-man squad by Racing Lens striker Aruna Dindane for Saturday's Group One fixture.

Reading midfielder Emerse Fae and French-based striker Bakary Kone were also recalled by coach Uli Stielike.

The Ivorians will qualify for next year's finals in Ghana if they avoid a six-goal defeat.

Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren, Belgium), Stephan Loboue (SpVgg Greuther Furth, Germany)

Defenders: Guy Demel (Hamburg SV, Germany), Mamadou Doumbia (Istes, France), Steve Gohouri (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Abdoulaye Meite (Bolton Wanderers, England), Kolo Toure (Arsenal, England)

Midfielders: Emerse Fae (Reading, England), Christian Koffi Ndri (Le Mans, France), Siaka Tiene (St Etienne, France), Gneri Yaya Toure (Barcelona, Spain), Didier Zokora (Tottenham Hotspur, England)

Forwards: Amara Diane (Paris St Germain, France), Aruna Dindane (Racing Lens, France), Salomon Kalou (Chelsea, England), Abdelkader Keita (Olympique Lyon, France), Arouna Kone (Sevilla, Spain), Bakary Kone (Nice, France)