Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is confident he will be fit for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, reports Completesports.com.
The 26 year old Nigeria international ruptured his achilles tendon in a Turkish Super League game against Rizespor in December 2018 and has since undergone surgery.
The former Lazio midfielder scored twice in 16 league games before his unfortunate injury.
“I will begin my rehabilitation once I arrive back in Trabzon and I am confident that I will be fit for the AFCON in Egypt,” Onazi who faces a race against time to be fit for the AFCON told Completesport.com exclusively.
“It was a big setback, but I thank God for the way I am recuperating.
“Several reports claim I will not play again for Trabzonspor till the end of the season, but trust me I will be back before the season ends and play some games before the AFCON.”
He also believes second place Trabzonspor still stand a chance of winning the Turkish Super Lig title their six points adrift leaders, Istanbul Basaksehir notwithstanding.
“We are hosting Istanbul Basaksehir on Sunday and that’s a chance to reduce the gap to three. I believe we can achieve that and I will be in the stadium to cheer them up to victory.”
Onazi, capped 51 times by Nigeria, helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup Of Nations in South Africa.
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