Nigerian midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has pulled out of the Super Eagles October fixtures against Ivory Coast and Tunisia due to a groin injury he sustained during Leicester City’s 4-2 victory over Burnley in the English Premier League. The Foxes boss, Brendan Rodgers, in a tweet confirmed that Ndidi might be sidelined for six to 12 weeks.
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Ndidi who was on for the entire duration of the game against Burnley on Sunday, September 20, 2020, was part of the 25-man squad listed for Nigeria’s international clashes in October as the three-time African champions continue with preparations for their upcoming 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match in November against Sierra Leone but has withdrawn from the squad due to a groin injury. The media officer of the Nigerian national team, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed that the 23-year-old midfielder will be out of the national assignments for October.
‘Of course, Ndidi is injured and has been ruled out of the games against Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire.’
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Coach Gernot Rohr is now expected to name a replacement for Ndidi from the standby list of the Super Eagles. Ndidi’s injury is a huge blow to Leicester City as he has served as a perfect cover for the centre back position with Jonny Evans, Wes Morgan, and Filip Benkovic all out injured. The midfielder was missing in action in Wednesday night’s (September 23, 2020), English League Cup clash against Arsenal as his side lost 2-0, and will equally be unavailable for selection in Sunday’s (September 27, 2020) premier league match against Pep Guardiola’s Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.
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