Ghana defender John Boye confirmed his match fitness for Friday’s all-important qualifier against Zambia after playing his first French top-flight match of the season on Saturday.
The boost comes just six days before the Black Stars take on Chipoloplo in their decisive World Cup qualifier in Kumasi on Friday.
His return to action for Rennes means he will be fully fit for the match against Zambia which is a boost for Ghana as central defender Isaac Vorsah is injured.
The centre-back has replaced Steven Moreira after just 13 minutes as Rennes played out a 0-0 draw with Lille in Brittany.
This was his first league match of the season.
Boye was making a return from a thigh muscle strain which sidelined him for close to two weeks.
He missed last month’s international friendly against Turkey in Istanbul.
Boye has been a pillar at the back for Ghana since playing at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.