Alain Traore out of Burkina Faso qualifier

Alain Traore

Burkina Faso will be without key striker Alain Traore for their World Cup play-off first leg against Algeria on 12 October in Ouagadougou.

The 25-year-old Lorient forward has been left out of a 24-man squad.

Injury also hampered Traore's participation in the African Nations Cup final at the start of the year, where Burkina Faso finished the tournament as surprise runners-up.

However, his younger brother Bertrand has been picked by coach Paul Put.

That is despite the 18-year-old being unable to play first-team football for Chelsea because of a combination of age and work permit problems.

The return leg of the play-off will be played in Blida on 19 November, with the aggregate winners qualifying for next year's finals in Brazil.

Burkina Faso squad:

Goalkeepers: Daouda Diakite (FC Mounana), Lare Mohamed Diarra (RC Kadiogo), Abdoulaye Soulama (Ashante Kotoko)

Defenders: Mohamed Koffi (FC Zurich), Bakary Kone (Olympique Lyon), Paul Koulibaly (El Shorta), Jean Noel Lingani (Horoya), Madi Panandetiguiri (Chippa United), Henri Traore (AshantiGold), Steeve Yago (Toulouse)

Midfielders: Benjamin Balima (Sheriff Tiraspol), Adama Guira (Sonderjyske), Charles Kabore (Kuban Krasnodar), Djakaridja Kone (Evian Thonon Gaillard FC), Florent Rouamba (Racing Lens), Bertrand Traore (Chelsea), Jonathan Zongo (Almeria)

Forwards: Aristide Bance (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Moumouni Dagano (Al Saliya), Prejuce Nakoulma (Gornik Zabrze), Issiaka Ouedraogo (Admira Wacker), Jonathan Pitroipa (Stade Rennes), Abdou Razack Traore (Gaziantespor).