Injured Toure to miss Mali group finale

January 27, 2008

ACCRA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure has been ruled out of Tuesday's African Nations Cup match against Mali after suffering a groin strain, officials said.

Toure was carried off on a stretcher on Friday just before half-time in his team's 4-1 triumph over Benin, a result that secured for the Ivorians a place in the quarter-finals.

The Arsenal defender had hoped to be fit in time for the Group B match in Accra but doctors said he would need more time to recover from the injury.