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Onazi Doubtful For Super Eagles’ Algeria, Argentina Clashes ‎Over Injury

Onazi Doubtful For Super Eagles’ Algeria, Argentina Clashes ‎Over Injury

By Johnny Edward: Ogenyi Onazi, is a major doubt for Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria at Mohamed-Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine next Friday and the friendly against Argentina four days later due to injury, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Onazi, becomes the latest Super Eagles player who is doubtful just as Moses Simon who also reportedly copped a toe injury playing in KAA Gent’s 1-0 win over Standard Liege at the Ghelamco Arena on Friday.


Onazi suffered a tight muscle during Trabzonpsor’s goalless draw against Kayserispor, Completesportsnigeria.com, gathered, and he was replaced after 41 minutes in Saturday’s encounter by José Sosa.

Recall that the former SS Lazio midfielder copped the same muscular injury during Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo last month when he was replaced in the 30th minute by Mikel Agu.

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According to a close source, Onazi may pull out from Nigeria’s next two games due to the injury he aggravated on Saturday.

“He will undergo an MRI scan to ascertain the level of the injury,” the reliable source told Completesportsnigeria.com.

Onazi has scored once in seventh Turkish League appearances for Trabzonpsor.

The 24 year old was in line to make his 43rd and 44th appearances for the Super Eagles before the latest injury setback..

Changchun Yatai’s Odion Ighalo has already pulled out from the inconsequential game against Algeria and the international friendly match against Argentina in Krassnodar, Russia due to a knee injury.

Ighalo is expected to be

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  • Fidelenny 4 years ago

    After injury sustained by Ighalo, Victor Moses and Simon Moses, Onazi Is the latest Super Eagles player to pull out of the Algeria n Argentina match following injury, a development which is rather unfortunate.

    One wonders if due to the injury outlay to some of the key players invitation can be extended to other potential super Eagles players who otherwise would have made the list but for limited space, likes of Paul Onuachu, Kayode Olanrewaju, AndersonEsiti a defensive midfielder with Gent and most notably Chukwuma Joel Obi, who would have been an integral member of the Super Eagles team but for nagging and reoccurring injuries which has blighted his brilliant career.

    It would also be interesting to see other fringe players of the team make a case for themselves with a never forgetting performance in the two games, , like John Ogu, Etebo Oghenekaro, Ola Aina, Tyrone Ebuehi, Anthony Nwakeme, Awaziam and Akpeyi. Ahmed Musa and Iheanacho and Agbo too would need to justify their inclusion too, , given the opportunity.