It appears another Super Eagles star will likely miss Nigeria’s next outing, as injuries hit the camp of the former African Champions.
Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo, who plies his trade in Spain with CD Leganes, is now a major doubt for the international friendly match between Algeria and Nigeria slated for September 27 in Oran.
Omeruo’s involvement in that high profile encounter was thrown in doubt after he picked up an injury while featuring for his club on Friday night.
The former Chelsea centre-back, who is also the captain of the side, went down in severe pain in the 74th minute of his side’s 1-0 defeat at Las Palmas.
The 28-year-old, who was making his fifth appearance of the season, could not continue to finish the game and was subsequently replaced by Spaniard Juan Muñoz. It was the first time this season that Omeruo would fail to complete the ninety minutes of a league game for the Cucumber Growers.
Although Leganes are yet to reveal the extent of the Nigeria international’s injury, but it is believed he could be out of action for the rest of the month.
Omeruo, who was part of the victorious 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad, becomes the second high-profile Super Eagles player to pick up an injury in the past few days.
Just on Wednesday night, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen went off with a muscle strain during the first half of his side’s 4-1 bashing of Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.
Despite initial fears that the former Lille man could have a major injury set-back, reports suggest he will be unavailable for just the rest of the month and should be back after the international break.
Omeruo and Osimhen featured for the Super Eagles in the thrashing of Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 in June. Osimhen scored four goals in that encounter, which was an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.
Another Super Eagles invitee Akinkunmi Amoo is one player who has been ruled out for the rest of the season and that puts his participation in the next AFCON in serious doubt.
Meanhwile, Super Eagles gaffer Jose Peseiro will be hoping that there will be no more injury concerns ahead of the high profile friendly later this month.
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