By Kayode Ogundare in Uyo:
Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has allayed the fears of Nigeria football fans over his fitness and assured that he is ready to don the green and white of Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
In an exclusive interview, Ndidi told Completesportsnigeria.com that the injury, sustained in his Premier League club Leicester City’s game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on April 28, was blown out of proportion probably due to lack of information from him and the medical team.
“The truth about the injury I suffered against Crystal Palace was that for 24 hours after the game, we were not quite sure of the severity as we were waiting for Monday to do a scan,” Ndidi told CSN in Uyo where the Eagles have begun the first phase of their preparation for the World Cup.
“Because there was no medical update, we kept quiet about the injury and I guess that was what people capitalized on to insinuate all sorts of things. After the first test revealed a hamstring strain, I was asked to do another one to confirm the extent of the injury and for the doctors to determine for how long I would be out for. They told me I would be out for only a few days and then I would need to recuperate with everything not more than few weeks but certainly not the six weeks that I read in the papers.”
Ndidi also revealed that throughout the period of his lay-off, the medical team of the national team was carried along with adequate information about his condition.
“All through the period, the medical team of Leicester City and those of the Super Eagles were in constant communication and I believe if I’m not fit to play I wouldn’t have been cleared by Leicester to come to camp,” he told CSN.
Russia 2018 will be the highly-rated youngster’s first tournament with Nigeria after breaking into the Super Eagles squad in 2016. A former Flying Eagles defender, Ndidi currently has 15 caps for the senior side.