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Knee Injury Knocks Out Ivorian Defender For Rest Of Turkish Season

Cote D’Ivoire and Goztepe defender has been ruled out for the rest of the Turkish season after damaging knee ligaments.

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The left-back, 28, picked up the injury in Friday’s 3-1 Super Lig defeat at Kasimpasa.

Elephants coach Ibrahim Kamara has called up Angers’ Abdoulaye Bamba as a replacement for the back-to-back 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Central African Republic.

“Adama Traore suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture and faces a six months rehabilitation process,” Goztepe announced on its website.

A regular for his Turkish club this season, he holds Australian citizenship after a five year spell down under with Gold Coast United and Melbourne Victory between 2009 and 2014.

Traore, who had previously played in Portugal and Switzerland, represented Ivory Coast at under-20 and under-23 levels before making his senior debut against Sierra Leone in September 2015. He has won 13 caps for the 2015 African champions.

Meanwhile, Senegalese club-mate Lamine Gassama also sustained a groin injury on Friday against Kasimpasa and has been replaced in the Senegal squad by Poland-based Pape Djibril Diaw.

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