Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye will not be part of Senegal’s squad that will face Madagascar in Sunday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Antananarivo.
Gueye was called up for the match by Senegal manager Aliou Cisse but has now been freed to return to Everton’s USM Finch Farm training ground.
Cisse’s plan was to assess the fitness level of the player after which he released him to return to his club where he continues to work on the road to recovery.
The Senegal boss had earlier expressed reservation about Gueye’s possibility of featuring in the Madagascar game and feared the 28-year-old will miss the AFCON qualifying match.
“Gana is not certain for the game. He has a knee problem. The doctor will check him but he is doubtful for the match,” said Cisse.
Gueye’s call to Senegal’s national team for Sunday’s match came as a surprise to Everton after the midfielder missed two matches against Rotherham and Huddersfield due to a knee injury.
The time frame for Gueye’s return is undisclosed.
However Gueye’s exclusion could give him time to recover and return for his club in their coming Premier League matches.
Gueye suffered the knee injury in Everton’s 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth on August 25.
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