Injury blow for Nigeria as Iwobi, Aina and Troost-Ekong will miss Seychelles clash

Injury blow for Nigeria as Iwobi, Aina and Troost-Ekong will miss Seychelles clash

- Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong are out of Nigeria’s AFCON 2019 qualifier against Seychelles due to injury

- The trio are suffering from various injuries and illness with their respective clubs in Europe

- Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr is expected to name replacement for the injured players

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have suffered a big blow days to the dicey Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series Match-day 2 against Seychelles on Saturday, September 8.

Reports coming out of the Nigeria Football Federation revealed that the Gernot Rohr tutored-side will miss the services of three important squad members, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong as they are currently down with various degree of injury ahead of the Eagles Pirates cracker.

Nigeria battle Seychelles away from home on Saturday and will be seeking an outright victory to reverse the Eagles chances of making it to Cameroon 2019 after losing to South Africa's Bafana Bafana in Match-day 1.

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However, Aina suffered a muscular injury in the 86th minute while in action for Serie A campaigners Torino in their slim win over SPAL and was taken off with four minutes left on the clock.

Similarly, Troost-Ekong was injured during Udinese’s 1-0 defeat, away to Fiorentina despite playing out the entire duration at the game at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

On the other hand, Arsenal’s forward Iwobi, was not listed for the Gunners’ away victory against Cardiff City on Sunday as he was down with influenza, and has equally been ruled out of the AFCON clash against the Pirates.

Nigeria’s manager Gernot Rohr is release names of players to replace the injured players in the coming days.

The skipper of the side John Obi Mikel had earlier ruled himself out of Saturday’s dicey showdown, as he was just returning to action from an injury spell.

Injury blow for Nigeria as Iwobi, Aina and Troost-Ekong miss Seychelles clash

Injury blow for Nigeria as Iwobi, Aina and Troost-Ekong to miss Seychelles clash.
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Already, the Seychelles Football Federation has confirmed that the 2019 encounter between the Super Eagles and the Pirates, will hold on Saturday, 8th September, as against the widely circulated date of Friday, 7th September.

Meanwhile, previously had reported that Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has withdrawn his name from the Nigerian squad that will play Seychelles in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against next month.

The 33-year-old who skippered the side to Russia 2018 World Cup will not travel to the island nation from his base in China.

The former Chelsea midfielder only recently returned from injury for his Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA .

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