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Senegal Call-Up For Souare

7 March 2018

Eagles defender Pape Souare has been included in Senegal's squad for their upcoming friendly matches against Uzbekistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina later this month.

The left-back has been included in the Teranga Lions' 30-man squad for the first time since he suffered a horrific car accident in September 2016 that saw him miss a year of action with a broken leg and jaw, but he has since recovered to play three times for Palace this term.

He now gets the opportunity to prove his fitness to coach Aliou Cisse as he prepares Senegal for the 2018 World Cup, where they have been placed in a group alongside Poland, Japan and Colombia.

Souare, who has 22 caps for this country, could make his first appearance since June 2016 against Uzbekistan in Morocco on 23rd March, or four days later against Bosnia and Herzegovina in France.

Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes), Alfred Gomis (SPAL), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya), Pape Seydou Ndiaye (Diaraf Dakar)

Defenders: Fallou Diagne (Metz), Papy Djilobodji (Dijon), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Pape Souare (Crystal Palace), Armand Traore (Cardiff City), Moussa Wague (Eupen)

Midfielders: Assane Diousse (St Etienne), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikh Kouyate (West Ham United), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke City), Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City), Henri Saivet (Sivasspor), Salif Sane (Hannover 98)

Forwards: Keita Balde (Monaco), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Santy Ngom (Nantes), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Oumar Niasse (Everton), Diafra Sakho, Ismaila Sarr (both Rennes), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor).

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