Lagos – The growing list of Super Eagles injured players’ ahead the international friendly matches against Poland and Serbia later this month is giving coach Gernot Rohr concerns even as he called on the players to play with caution.
Rohr is left frustrated over the fitness of two players he called up for the pre-World Cup friendly matches billed for March 23 and 27.
Tyronne Ebuehi was substituted in his team’s 2-0 loss to Umar Sadiq’s NAC Breda in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday evening and discovered that the right back picked up an injury.
Prior to Saturday’s match against NAC, Ebuehi had started and completed each of the last 12 games played by ADO Den Haag in the Dutch top-flight.
Ebuehi was a delight to watch in Nigeria’s 4-2 win over Argentina in November and has been tipped as one of Nigeria’s best discoveries under Rorh. He came on as a second half substitute for Shehu Abdullahi at right back in the friendly in Krasnodar, Russia.
In another development, Torino midfielder, Joel Obi missed his side’s 3-0 loss to Roma in the Serie A on Friday due to a suspected muscular problem.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the injuries of the two players and communicated same to the technical crew of the Super Eagles.
“We have to play with caution and prepare well for the World Cup.” Rohr said.
He re-emphasised that only active players will make his squad to the FIFA World Cup.
“There’s no place for inactive players. For us to compete very well, we need only those playing regularly for their clubs and we will not invite any player who isn’t”, he added.
Meanwhile, officials of the NFF have informed the invited players for the friendly matches to report at Radisson Hotel Wroclaw latest Monday, March 19 as training will commence same day, meaning Obi and Ebuehi have less than nine days to fully recover from their injuries or they will pull out of the squad.