AFCON curse: Paul Onuachu the latest Nigerian to get injured after Ivory Coast clash

AFCON curse: Paul Onuachu the latest Nigerian to get injured after Ivory Coast clash
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Nigeria's hopes in the footballing arena have once again been dampened by the dreaded AFCON curse, with forward Paul Onuachu becoming the latest casualty.

The 29-year-old, representing Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor, is set to face an agonizing six-week spell on the sidelines following multiple injuries sustained during a grueling clash against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Turkish Cup.

Paul Onuachu's misfortune unfolded during Wednesday's intense encounter, forcing an untimely exit from the pitch in the 68th minute, replaced by Enis Destan.

Trabzonspor swiftly issued a statement, shedding light on the extent of the forward's injuries, which include a muscle (adductor muscle group) injury in the left groin area and an undifferentiated bone (ulna) fracture in the left forearm due to an impact suffered during the match.

“In the examination of our football player Paul Onuachu, who was injured and left the game during the match of our Football A Team against RAMS Başakşehir, a muscle (adductor muscle group) injury in the left groin area and an undifferentiated bone (ulna) fracture in the left forearm due to an impact were detected.

“Due to the fracture, our player was notified,” read the club's official statement.

The gravity of Paul Onuachu's injuries demands a rigorous treatment regimen, with a minimum of six weeks earmarked for his rehabilitation under the care of the club's medical team.

The setback comes as a blow not only to Paul Onuachu personally but also to Trabzonspor, who rely heavily on his prowess on the field.

On loan from English club Southampton, Paul Onuachu has been a pivotal figure for Trabzonspor, showcasing his attacking flair with nine goals and three assists in 19 appearances thus far.

His absence will undoubtedly leave a void in the squad, challenging the team's depth and resilience in the upcoming fixtures.

The unfortunate incident highlights the persistent threat posed by the AFCON curse, a phenomenon that has plagued African players with injuries following their participation in the prestigious tournament.

As Paul Onuachu embarks on his road to recovery, the footballing community collectively holds its breath, hoping for a swift and complete return to action for the talented forward.

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Nottingham Forest defender Ola Aina, a stalwart in the Nigerian squad, has been conspicuous by his absence from the pitch since the conclusion of the tournament, nursing an injury that has kept him out of action.

Similarly, Porto full-back Zaidu Sanusi faces an arduous road to recovery after undergoing surgery this week, with a staggering eight-month layoff looming ahead.

The severity of Sanusi's injury underscores the unforgiving nature of footballing injuries, casting a shadow over his future prospects on the field.

Adding to the woes, vice-captain William Troost-Ekong has joined the growing list of casualties, undergoing surgery this week following a hamstring injury sustained during the AFCON competition.

The timing of these injuries couldn't be more unfortunate, disrupting the rhythm and stability of both club and country as they navigate through crucial fixtures and competitions.

The recurring pattern of injuries following major tournaments like AFCON serves as a stark reminder of the physical toll endured by players in pursuit of glory for their nations.

While the competition brings forth moments of exhilaration and triumph, it also exacts a toll on players' bodies, often leading to prolonged spells on the sidelines and setbacks in their careers.

As Nigerian football grapples with the aftermath of AFCON, the focus shifts to rehabilitation and recovery for the injured stars, as well as the resilience and depth of the squad to navigate through adversity.

With key players sidelined, the onus falls on the remaining members of the team to step up and fill the void, rallying together to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old football journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. The Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBallLive readers.