Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has named PAOK of Greece midfielder Anderson Esiti as a replacement for the injured Wilfred Ndidi for the September 10 friendly encounter against Ukraine, Completesports.com reports.
Rohr has also handed invitation to Bryan Idowu increasing the number of players invited for the friendly to 24.
The international friendly is billed for the Dnipro Arena, Kyiv, on Tuesday, September 10.
”Coach Gernot Rohr has called up @PAOK_FC of Greece Midfielder Anderson Esiti as replacement for injured @Ndidi25. Bryan Idowu has also been added to the list to make it 24 players for Ukraine friendly,” reads a Tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday afternoon.
Ndidi picked up an hamstring injury in Leicester City’s penultimate Premier League game against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge where he netted the Foxes’ equalising goal.
He missed out on the club’s 2-1 away win at Sheffield United last weekend and is expected to spent few weeks on the sidelines to recover fully from the injury.
His replacement, Esiti has featured twice for the Super Eagles in the past.
The 25-year-old joined Greek champions, PAOK from Belgian outfit, KAA Gent last month and has already established himself as a key member of the side.
Idowu, who plays for Russian club, Locomotiv Moscow is making a return to the squad after over a year.
The 27-year-old has been consistently snubbed by Rohr since the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia for falling to feature regularly for his club.
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