Benoit Assou-Ekotto returns to the Cameroon squad for their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers against Gabon, strengthening the defence for the two vital matches.

Assou-Ekotto missed the last match against Austria on 12 August, with new coach Paul LeGuen refusing to divulge the reasons for his absence. But his return to the squad indicates Assou-Ekotto's failure to pitch for the friendly in Salzburg did not damage his chance of continuing his international career. He joins his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Sébastien Bassong, set for his second cap after debuting in the 2-0 win over Austria.

Bassong is likely to keep long-standing Cameroon captain Rigobert Song, winner of more than 100 caps for his country, on the bench for the key Group A qualifiers in Libreville on 5 September and Yaounde on 9 September.

The Libreville match was postponed from June after the death of Gabon's president Omar Bongo.

Cameroon Squad

Goalkeepers: Idriss Carlos Kameni (Espanyol, Spain), Souleymanou Hamidou (Kayserispor, Turkey)

Defenders: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sébastien Bassong (both Tottenham Hotspur, England), Andre Bikey (Burnley, England), Augustine Binya (Neuchatel Xamax, Switzerland), Geremi Fotso Njitap (Newcastle United, England), Nicolas Nkoulou (Monaco, France), Rigobert Song (Trabzonspor, Turkey)

Midfielders: Aurelien Chedjou (OSC Lille, France), Achille Emana (Real Betis, Spain), Enoh Eyong (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Jean Makoun (Lyon, France), Stephane Mbia (Marseille, France), Daniel Ngom Kome (Tenerife, Spain), Landry Nguemo (Celtic, Scotland), Alexandre Song (Arsenal, England)

Forwards: Paul Alo'o Efoulou (Nancy, France), Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan, Italy), Albert Meyong Ze (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Somen Tchoyi (Salzburg, Austria), Achille Webo (Real Mallorca, Spain)