Ivory Coast XI vs Egypt: Predicted line-up, team news, injury and Covid latest for AFCON game
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Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle has a number of selection headaches to consider ahead of Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations clash against Egypt.
The Elephants enjoyed a positive group stage, knocking out holders Algeria en route to top of their table despite losing two points in a draw with Sierra Leone. Ambitious Egypt are next as the Pharaohs look to ease their 2019 heartbreak at the same stage.
In defence, Beaumelle is set to bring Eric Bailly back into the starting XI after resting him for the game against Algeria. Badra Ali Sangare, Serge Aurier, Simon Deli and Ghislain Konan have also been tournament regulars so far.
The midfield trio of Jean-Michel Seri, Franck Kessie and Ibrahim Sangare stood out for the Ivorians and will line up side by side in Douala.
Good health means that only tactical reasons will be considered when setting up on offense. Sebastian Haller was criticized for his performance in the opening game against Equatorial Guinea but was defended by his coach before scoring past Sierra Leone.
Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet lost his place after the opener against Nicolas Pepe, who has scored in his two starts since. Wilfried Zaha and Max Gradel will fight for the place on the opposite flank.
Predicted Ivory Coast XI: B. Sangare; Aurier, Bailly, Deli, Konan; Kessie, Seri, I. Sangare; Pepe, Gradel, Haller.
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