Amad recalled by Ivory Coast

Wednesday 15 March 2023 17:05

Amad has been recalled to the Ivory Coast squad ahead of the upcoming international break later this month.

The Manchester United youngster has really impressed on loan at Sunderland and has been rewarded with a call-up as he looks to represent his country for the first time since 2021.

He played in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Niger, as a late substitute, and in two friendlies, scoring an injury-time free-kick winner in the 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso.

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Ivory Coast are to play Comoros twice, on Friday 24 and Tuesday 28 March, in qualification for the next Africa Cup of Nations.

Coach Jean-Louis Gasset has named a 23-man squad, including another United loanee in Eric Bailly, who is currently with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.

Sebastien Haller is in after his comeback at Borussia Dortmund, but Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, a former Red, is not in the group.

Amad will have to prove his fitness as he did miss Sunderland's 1-0 win at Norwich City on Sunday.

Black Cats boss Tony Mowbray has also ruled him out of the Championship game tonight (Wednesday) against Sheffield United at the Stadium of Light but said he expects the 20-year-old to be available for the weekend encounter with Luton Town.

"I think 30-odd games from never having a run of three games on the bounce has proved his body has almost shut down," explained Mowbray to his club's official channels.

"His hamstrings are really sore and tight. There is no tear and there is no damage. He is just in a place where we need to give him a break and check him out of the equation for a week, at the most, and then he will finish the season strong, I am sure."