By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has said that all the four key players who missed the 2-1 victory in Zambia will return for the World Cup qualifier matchday two fixture against Algeria in Uyo next month, reports Completespprtsnigeria.com.
Speaking exclusively with Complete Sports in Abuja, the Franco/German said that the trio of Leon Balogun, Victor Moses and Isaac Success who were excused from the game against Zambia because of reported injuries copped during their respective club engagements and Odion Ighalo who took permission to bury his late father will definitely be back for the Algeria game on 12 November.
Chelsea's Moses and Watford's Success had reportedly been the subjects of a permanent Nigeria Football Federation ban because there were doubts about the authenticity of their injuries.
But Rohr insists they remain in his plans.
"Yes, we should expect to see some new players join us for the game against Algeria," Rohr told Completesportsnigeria.com. "The three injured players (Balogun, Moses, Success) and the one that had a family issue and had to be excused will all be back. We shall also look at other players who play regularly in their clubs who may join the team.
"But for the local players who are on break, I'll be handicapped, because the league will be on break and it will be difficult for them because they would have lost their rhythm and they do not play and don't train, so it will be hard for them to make the team. But we shall look at the possibility to make out something for them."
He continued: "I will only invite players who are fit and play regularly for their clubs, that was one of the reasons I did not play Mohammed Musa at all because he had not played any game since after the match against Tanzania and Ahmed Musa had to wait till later in the game against Zambia to come and he did well."
Rohr said that all the players he took to Zambia co-operated with him and that their attitude was great, adding that he would not mind having all of them back if they are playing well in their respective clubs.