Mali include Auxerre's Adama Coulibaly in their squad

Mali and Auxerre's Adama Coulibaly
Mali's Adama Coulibaly is struggling to be fit for his country's 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Liberia

Mali coach Alain Giresse has included Adama Coulibaly in his squad to play Liberia in a crucial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 8 October.

The Auxerre defender is only due to return from a thigh strain a few days before the game in Monrovia.

He has missed two league games so far and will sit out Saturday's clash with Saint Etienne.

The Eagles top Group A and a win in Liberia guarantees them a place at the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Barcelona's Seydou Keita is once again included in the 24-man squad but there is still no place for Freiburg striker Garra Dembele.

Giresse has also resisted pressure from some fans to recall striker Frederic Kanoute, who has scored two goals for his Spanish side Sevilla so far this season.

Mali Squad:

Soumaïla Diakite (Stade Malien), Oumar Sissoko (FC Metz, France), Almamy Sogoba (Real de Bamako), Adama Coulibaly (AJ Auxerre, France), Abdoulaye I Maiga (USMA, Algeria), Amadou Sidibe (AJ Auxerre, France), Ousmane Coulibaly (Brest, France), Idrissa Coulibaly (Esperance, Tunisia), Adama Tamboura (FC Metz, France), Mohamed Fofana (Toulouse, France), Cedric Kante (Panaithinakos, Greece), Ousmane Berthe (Jomo Cosmos, South Africa), Seydou Keita (Barcelona, Spain), Kalilou Traore (OB Odense, Denmark), Samba Sow (RC Lens, France), Sidy Kone (Lyon, France), Abdou Traore (Bordeaux, France), Sambou Yatabare (AS Monaco, France), Souleymane Keita (Sivasport, Turkey), Mahamane Traore (FC Metz, France), Modibo Maiga (FC Sochaux, France), Cheick Diabate (Bordeaux, France), Moustapha Yatabare (Guingamp, France), Cheick Diarra (Rennes, France)

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