Belgian club Anderlecht have hit back at Nigeria forward Henry Onyekuru after he accused them of deliberately stalling his Everton career.
Onyekuru joined Everton from another Belgian club Eupen last summer but was immediately loaned to Anderlecht.
He picked up a knee injury in a league game against Eupen last December and it was initially feared he would miss the rest of the season.
He however returned to training with the club towards the end of the campaign and made a couple of appearances for the Anderlecht’s reserves.
Anderlecht coach, Hein Vanhaezabrouck, did not however consider the Nigeria international fit enough to feature for the first team.
His inactivity stopped him from earning a place in Nigeria’s squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and also hindered his chances of getting a work permit to play for Everton next season.
“Henry is a great player and his injury in December weakened the squad and reduced the chances to participate to the World Cup with his country,” a club spokesman was quoted as saying by Liverpoolecho.co.uk.
“RSC Anderlecht, nor the technical staff never made any promise to Henry concerning his selection.
“RSCA is a professional club and it wouldn’t be very professional to make promises to players.
“The coach selects the best and fittest players for the games.”