John Mikel Obi, Nigeria captain, out of last 16 with knee injury

John Mikel Obi, Nigeria captain, out of last 16 with knee injury

- John Mikel Obi will miss out Nigeria's last 16 tie at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

- The Eagles captain could not take part in Monday’s recovery session with a swelling in the knee

- Mikel is now ruled out of action for at least seven days

Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi is set to miss out Nigeria's last 16 tie at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after cropping a knee injury during Sunday’s shock defeat to Madagascar.

Mikel could not take part in Monday’s recovery session with a swelling in the knee and is now ruled out of action for at least seven days.

"He has hematoma in the knee," Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was quoted as saying to colinudoh.com.

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"We don't know how soon he can again play but we wait for the medical team,” Rohr added.

Meanwhile, Mikel insists Super Eagles squad members are still struggling to find their rhythm at AFCON, following Sunday’s shock loss to Madagascar.

“Obviously, the criticism will come from our people that we love. But this is football, you are going to get criticised. We have to take the criticism and improve,” Mikel noted

“We didn’t play well and I think that in the tournament so far we haven’t really found our way to play,” he added.

"But we’ve won two games and lost one now. It’s better this happened now than in the knockout stages. Now we know as a team we have to improve, we have to do better.”

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria's Super Eagles suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat in the hands of Madagascar's Barea to surrender the first spot in Group B to their opponent.

Madagascar took the lead in the 13th minute from a defensive blunder from Brighton defender Leon Balogun.

The defender who only celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday, June 28, allowed Lalaina Nomenjanahary to steal the ball from him before the striker dribbled past Ezenwa and tapping home from close range.

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