Cheick Tiote played in the first two group matches but missed Ivory Coast’s deciding third game against Cameroon through suspension after picking up two yellow cards.

The Newcastle midfielder’s absence from even the bench on Sunday against Algeria, even brought mischievous reports that Tiote could be completing a last ditch transfer in the current window.

However, Ivory Coast Coach Herve Renard has now confirmed that Cheick Tiote was still suffering from an ankle injury he picked up against Mali in the second group game.

Tiote has now resumed training with his teammates and his coach confirms he is back in the squad for their semi-final, though Renard thinks he will be on the bench at best.

Ivory Coast play DR Congo on Wednesday night and the match is live on British Eurosport.

At his pre-match press conference earlier today, Herve Renard said;

“Cheick Tiote has started light training and he is in the squad but it will be difficult for him to start the game.”

Ivory Coast were African Cup of Nations Champions in 1992 and reached the final in 2012, only to lose to Zambia.