AFCON qualifier: Nigeria suffer Omeruo blow

Kenneth Omeruo

Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, has been ruled out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) double header against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Omeruo, 22, was poised to make a sensational return to the national team after missing the last couple of games due to injury.

But the Chelsea player on loan at Kasimpasa will have to wait a little longer before staging a return to the Eagles following his latest injury setback.

The Turkish side informed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Friday that the former Standard Liege start will be unavailable due to a groin injury and will be sidelined for two weeks.

Eagles’ team administrator, Dayo Enebi said the development has already been communicated to the side’s head coach, Samson Siasia, and the team medics.

“Omeruo’s injury and subsequent withdrawal from the Egypt games has been communicated to the coaches and the medics,” Enebi told the NFF official website.

“The player is disappointed with his injury setback because he has been looking forward to this game with a lot of optimism.

“Expectedly, the coaches were also unhappy but they have wished him a quick recovery.”

In the absence of the former junior international, Siasia will be looking at the likes of Leon Balogun, Godfrey Oboabona and Efe Ambrose to fill the void left by the Chelsea ace.

The Super Eagles will confront Egypt in two crucial games over four days on March 25 and 29.