Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha and Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting were named in their respective national squads for next month's African Cup of Nations on Thursday while Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech was left out.
Zaha was recalled to the Ivory Coast squad after the 29-year-old had refused to join the team at its last gathering in November but coach Patrice Beaumelle has included him in the squad for the tournament which gets underway on January 9 in Cameroon.
The experienced line-up also includes Ajax centre-forward Sebastien Haller, and six members of the team that lifted the trophy for the second time in 2015, notably defenders Serge Aurier and Eric Bailly as well as striker Max Gradel.
Choupo-Moting was named in host Cameroon's 28-man squad after recovering from Covid-19.
Choupo-Moting tested positive mid-November but will join Lyon striker Karl Toko-Ekambi for the five-time tournament winner which last lifted the trophy in 2017 and is favourite along with Mohamed Salah's Egypt.
Liverpool defender Joel Matip was not named in coach Toni Conceicao's group for the tournament.
Ziyech was the notable absentee as Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic named his squad.
The Chelsea winger had a fallout with the coach earlier this year and was overlooked for the six World Cup qualifiers played between September and November, making his omission no shock although the Dutch-born Ziyech is seen as Morocco's key player.
Halilhodzic also left out the Ajax Amsterdam full back Noussair Mazraoui, who he also accused in mid-year of feigning injury to get out of playing in a friendly, an accusation Mazraoui has since denied.
The veteran coach sprung a surprise by naming Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, who has broken into Barcelona's team, and attacking midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, who has been one of the players key to Angers' bright start to the Ligue 1 season in France. Both are uncapped.
Ivory Coast's group includes Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone and Algeria.
Cameroon will face Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Ethiopia in the group stage.
Morocco competes in Group C with Comoros Islands, Gabon and Ghana.
Doubts over the tournament going ahead because of the surge in Covid cases were dispelled during the week by African football chief Patrice Motsepe.
(With inputs from Reuters)
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