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Soccer-Top scorer Traore ruled out of Nations Cup

NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's Alain Traore, top scorer at the African Nations Cup, is unlikely to play any further part in the tournament, officials said on Wednesday. The forward suffered a pulled thigh muscle in Tuesday's goalless draw with Zambia and could be out for up to two months. Traore said he felt the injury as he attempted an early cross and he was taken off in the 11th minute.

Soccer-Traore gamble pays off for Burkina Faso coach

By Mark Gleeson NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Jan 26 (Reuters) - A gamble on the fitness of midfielder Alain Traore has already paid off for Burkina Faso at the African Nations Cup and might yet produce an even bigger jackpot. Coach Paul Putt said he agonised over including the French-based midfielder in his 23-man squad for the tournament in South Africa as Traore battled to overcome an ankle injury.

Soccer-Burkina Faso to take gamble on striker's fitness

OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso took a gamble on the fitness of key striker Alain Traore by including him in their final squad for the African Nations Cup finals in South Africa on Wednesday. Traore had been receiving treatment in France for an adductor injury, missing pre tournament preparations. However, with the deadline for team submissions just hours away coach Paul Putt has put his faith in the Lorient player recovering in time for the opening Group C game against Nigeria in Nelspruit on Jan. 21.
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