Yamoussoukro - Lacina Traore's cameo appearance at the
weekend was enough to win him a place in Ivory Coast's preliminary World Cup
squad as the Everton forward was included on Tuesday in a 28-man list ahead of
the tournament in Brazil.
Traore has battled injury since his move to the Premier
League in January but came on in the last minute of Saturday's 2-0 win at Hull
City to signal his recovery from a persistent hamstring problem.
Also included in the Ivory Coast squad were Yaya Toure,
Didier Drogba, Didier Zokora, Boubacar Barry, Arthur Boka and Kolo Toure, who
have played in the last two World Cups.
Coach Sabri Lamouchi, unveiling his squad at a news
conference in Abidjan, left out experienced defenders Emmanuel Eboue and Siaka
Tiene, and utility player Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso.
Ivory Coast are in Group C along with Japan, Colombia and
Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe
Sport), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek), Badra Ali Sangare (ASEC Abidjan)
Defenders: Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Benjamin
Angoua (Valenciennes), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Souleyman Bamba (Trabzonspor),
Arthur Boka (VfB Stuttgart), Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor), Brice Dja
Djedje (Olympique Marseille), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Kolo Toure
(Liverpool), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor)
Midfielders: Geoffroy Serey Die (FC Basel), Ismael Diomande
(St Etienne), Max Gradel (St Etienne), Cheick Ismael Tiote (Newcastle United),
Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover 96)
Forwards: Mathis Bolly (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Wilfried Bony
(Swansea City), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow),
Gervinho (AS Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Giovanni Sio (FC Basel), Lacina
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