Former Golden Eaglets star Samson Tijani has been ruled out of next season, after suffering a serious injury while featuring in a pre-season friendly for his Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.
The Bundesliga club confirmed the sad news on their Twitter handle.
The friendly which was played on Saturday against Feyenoord, saw Tijani come on for Red Bull Salzburg in the 46th minute. Feyenoord won 2-1.
Salzburg wrote on Twitter:“Samson Tijani suffered a fractured fibula and tibia in yesterday’s friendly against Feyenoord, and will be out for the remainder of the season.
“We’re saddened to hear about the severity of his injury, and wish him a speedy recovery.
“Get well soon, Samson 💪❤️.”
Tijani began his career with Collins Edwin Sports Club before signing with Red Bull Salzburg on 17 July 2020.
A month later, on 14 August, Tijani was loaned out to Hartberg for the season. He made his competitive debut for the club on 30 August against Dornbirner in the Austrian Cup. He started and played the full match as Hartberg won 7–0.
On 12 September 2020, Tijani made his professional debut for the club in the league against Rheindorf Altach. He started and played 71 minutes in a 1–1 draw.
On 1 July 2021 Tijani was loaned out to Liefering on a season long loan.
In the 2021–22 winter break, he was promoted to FC Red Bull Salzburg’s main squad. On 6 February 2022, he made his professional debut for the club in the Cup match against LASK. He came in in the 89th minute for Nicolas Capaldo in a 3–1 win.
He was part of the Golden Eaglets in the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations, Where they came 4th and qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
In the Eaglets’ opening match against Hungary, Tijani scored a brace as Nigeria U17 won 4–2. He made his debut with the Super Eagles in a friendly 1-0 loss to Algeria on 9 October 2020.
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