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Senegal drop Chelsea striker for qualifiers

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Chelsea striker Demba Ba has been left out of the Senegal national team for their World Cup play-off match against Ivory Coast. Newcastle's Papiss Cisse has been selected.

The out-of-favour Chelsea forward has found first team opportunities limited under new manager Jose Mourinho, but with news of a knee injury to Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku's loan to Everton, he may earn a few appearances in the coming weeks.

Senegal coach Alain Giresse has a well-documented policy of only selecting first-team regulars for his international sides, meaning reserve Ba is left at home.

The Teranga Lions are facing Ivory Coast in a two-legged playoff to determine who makes the World Cup finals in Brazil next year. Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf has been ruled out of the lineup with an injury picked up last weekend.

West Ham midfielder Mouhamed Diame is the only other Premier League player to make Giresse's 24-man squad.

Demba Ba has a total of 81 Premier League appearances, scoring 28 goals. He starred for West Ham before signing for Newcastle United, where he struck up a partnership with fellow Sengal international Cisse.

Since signing for Chelsea, he has made just 15 league appearances, scoring two goals.

Senegal squad:

Goalkeepers: Bouna Coundoul (Ethnikos), Cheikh Ndiaye (Stade Rennes), Issa Ndoye (Creteil)

Defenders: Issa Cissokho, Pape Mison Djilobodji (both Nantes), Lamine Gassama (Lorient), Cheikh Kouyate (Anderlecht), Cheikh Mbengue (Toulouse), Kara Mbodj (Racing Genk), Pape Ndiaye Souare (Lille), Lamine Sane (Girondins Bordeaux)

Midfielders: Stephane Badji (Brann Bergen), Mouhamed Diame (West Ham United), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Lille), Alfred Ndiaye (Eskisehirspor), Salif Sane (Hanover 96)

Forwards: Ibrahima Balde (Kuban Krasnodar), Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle United), Sadio Mane (Salzburg), Dame Ndoye (Lokomotiv Moscow), Henri Saivet (Girondins Bordeaux), Modou Sougou (Evian Thonon Gaillard FC), Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce).

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