Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala is determined to bounce back stronger after copping a hamstring injury in Barcelona Ladies 2-0 away win against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano last Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
Oshoala scored the Blaugurana’s opening goal in the encounter and was replaced by English woman Toni Duggan who scored the second goal 17 minutes from time.
Barcelona announced on their official website on Monday that the Nigeria international has picked an injury and is doubtful for their next Liga Iberdrola game on Wednesday against LSK Kvinner.
“MEDICAL COMMUNICATION @AsisatOshoala has an injury to the hamstrings of the left thigh. Her chances of playing against LSK Kvinner on Wednesday is low and the evolution will mark its availability #FCBFemeni,” reads a tweet on the club’s official Twitter handle.
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Oshoala now seems to have rule herself out from the game after taking to the social media on Tuesday to disclose her fitness level ahead of the game.
“Tough for me to take, but I will be back soon , stronger and even better 😤😤💪🏾🦁 @FCBfemeni,” she wrote on her Twitter handle on Tuesday.
Oshoala has scored five goals in five Liga Iberdrola appearances for Barcelona Ladies since her arrival on loan from Chinese club Dalian Quanjian in January.
By Adeboye Amosu
Oh my goodness! The devil is a liar o!
We bind the spirit of injury in the name of the Almighty.
The news that Oshoala, who was awarded an impressive number 86 in The Guardian’s top 100 women footballers in 2018, is met with a measure of anxiety by Super Falcons fans hoping for her to be fit and flying for Nigeria come June.
This is wishing Oshoala speedy recovery.
I read that 72 judges from 30 countries selected The Guardian’s top 100 of the best female players in the world for 2018.
Hopefully, should Oshoala continue her brilliant goalscoring form for club her country , she would move higher in the top 100 list when next it is compiled.
South African Thembi Kgatlana, who won the 2018 Africa female footballer of the year, was nowhere to be found in Guardian’s top 100 list.
The list, which had no other African player, is presented below.
The Guardian’s top 100 women footballers of 2018 : (www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/dec/04/the-100-best-female-footballers-in-the-world-2018)
It’s turning out to be a bitter-sweet week for injured Oshoala as the 3 times Africa women footballer of the year has now been nominated for the Liga Iberdrola Player of the Week award in Spain.
It has to be recalled that the 24 year old Nigerian weapon of mass goals scored the opener en route Barcelona’s 2-0 win at leaders Atletico Madrid in front of a world club record of 60, 739* spectators in Madrid (*according to CNN: edition.cnn.com/2019/03/17/sport/atletico-madrid-barcelona-womens-football-record-crowd-spt-intl/index.html)
Oshoala’s 5 goals in 5 matches have led to calls from some CSN fans (notably Bomboy) to have her invited to the Super Eagles (male) squad ahead of upcoming friendlies.
Even if coach Rohr entertained such an idea, Oshoala’s recent injury would have thrown a spanner into that work.
The winner of the Liga Iberdrola League Player of the Week award will be decided by fans votes.
Oshoala will be seeking to inspire Barcelona to league success in Spain and Nigeria to a meaningful outing at the World Cup in France after recovering from her latest injury setback.