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Top-scorer Maxwel Cornet will return for Burnley’s crucial clash with Watford after bowing out of the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.

Friday, 28th January 2022, 8:37 am

The Elephants lost 5-4 on penalties after a goal-less draw after extra time in Douala, with Cornet scoring a supremely confident spot kick in the shoot out.

That was in vain, however, as Mohamed Salah scored the deciding penalty after Eric Bailly’s earlier miss for Ivory Coast.

Cornet came on for Ajax’s former West Ham forward Sebastien Haller just before the second half of extra time, as Ivory Coast looked to break the deadlock.

It was only Cornet’s second appearance of the finals, after featuring in the opening group win over Equatorial Guinea.

He will now return from Cameroon, in time to face the Hornets at Turf Moor a week on Saturday.

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