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Gillingham lose Nouble and Kuffour for FA Cup opener

Frank Nouble
Nouble was capped by England at Under-17 and Under-19 level

Gillingham will be without loan strikers Frank Nouble and Jo Kuffour for their FA Cup tie with Bournemouth.

Nouble (West Ham) and Kuffour (Bristol Rovers) have been refused permission to play in the first round on Saturday.

Gills manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent: "It is a shame. We'd love to have them but we can cope with that and we have to."

The duo have scored nine goals between them since switching to Priestfield.

Hessenthaler added: "This will be a nice week and a rest from the league, playing in the best cup competition in the world."

Gillingham have reached the third round twice in the last three seasons but were knocked out by Dover Athletic in the first round last year.

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see also
Gillingham 4-3 Northampton
07 Nov 11 |  League Two
FA Cup first round draw details
03 Nov 11 |  FA Cup
Kuffour eyes Gillingham contract
19 Oct 11 |  Gillingham
Gills extend Nouble's loan spell
13 Oct 11 |  Gillingham

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