Sidibe to sit out Nations Cup

Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe has asked to be left out of the Mali squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations, as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

The 30-year-old wants to focus on his career with the Potters, having made three starts in recent weeks for Tony Pulis' side.

Sidibe told The Sentinel:"I have had a chat with the Mali manager and given him my opinion.

"I have just come back from the injury and I think it would be too much for me to go and play there.

"Also, I have just come back into the team here and I want to carry that on and keep fit.

"I missed all the qualification games for the national team and so I don't think it would be fair to go like that.

"The (Mali) manager understands my view and at the moment he is all right about it."

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