The Ivory Coast international left for the African Nations Cup after Wednesday night's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Everton, and potential replacement Gael Bigirimana is battling a dead leg.
Striker Demba Ba's impending move to Chelsea has left a vacancy in attack, and while central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring) and midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin) are back in training, they remain unavailable along with full-back Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic (all knee).
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