Michael Essien is back for Ghana, who are aiming to undo the hurt of four years previously at the World Cup.
Schalke 04 defender Dennis Aogo will miss the rest of the season after tearing his cruciate ligament in training.
AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani is to quit after 27 years at the Serie A club.
Kevin-Prince Boateng has recovered from a recurring knee problem and will be fit when Schalke take on Stuttgart on Saturday.
France produced one of football's most famous comebacks to scrape into next year's World Cup finals via the play-offs.
Ghana secured a third successive World Cup finals appearance despite a 2-1 defeat by Egypt.
Round-up: Son Heung-Min scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick as Bayer Leverkusen beat Hamburg SV 5-3.
Jose Mourinho revealed Chelsea star Eden Hazard played no part against Schalke after forgetting the time of a training session.
Owen Coyle has expressed his confidence that racism will not be an issue during their match at Rubin Kazan on Thursday.
Emmerson Boyce has not ruled out walking off the field if he and his Wigan team-mates are racially abused in Russia on Thursday.
Kevin-Prince Boateng returned to the Ghana team for this month's World Cup play-off against Egypt.
Jose Mourinho, who said he made "11 mistakes" in Chelsea's loss to Newcastle, demands an improved performance against Schalke.
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