Nigeria’s coach, Gernot Rohr has ruled goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho out of the Super Eagles’ upcoming matches due to an injury.
The first-choice shot-stopper was, meanwhile, in action for his Spanish second division team, Elche in a league game this weekend.
But the young goaltender picked up a rib fracture as Elche suffered a 5-1 bashing at the hands of Cadiz.
And immediately after the match, his club made an official announcement the goalkeeper suffered “a heavy concussion” during the encounter.
Elche went on to make a confirmation the 20-year-old will be spending the next one month on the injury sidelines.
This rules him out of the hugely important Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa holding on November 17.
And it also implies that Uzoho will play no part in the Super Eagles’ friendly against Uganda three days later.
“Francis Uzoho has undergone today’s radiological tests at the Tesla Clinic.
“That determines that the player has a fracture of the seventh costal arch.
“And that is after the blow he suffered yesterday at the Ramón de Carranza Stadium,” a formal club statement read.
“The estimated time of withdrawal is four weeks,” Elche stated in the official statement.
Uzoho confirmed the news on his Instagram page: “Injury is part of the game, definitely not the best timing, though.
“But there are things beyond us, so sad I won’t be there for my teammates for the next four weeks.
“I know they are more than capable to do a nice job, coming back a beast but in Christ alone!” The goalie summed up.
Ndidi to miss Nigeria AFCON 2019 qualification clash with South Africa
Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi is set to miss Nigeria’s AFCON 2019 qualification clash with South Africa holding this month.
The midfield battler is out of the game in November after picking up his second yellow card of the campaign.
His first booking had also come in the Super Eagles’ 4-0 spanking of Libya in Uyo, Akwa Ibom in October.
Ndidi later went on to bag another yellow card when the West African country defeated Libya 3-2 few days after.
Nigeria, meanwhile, survived a late scare to beat Libya 3-2 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification match.
That was a Group E match between both nations which held at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri in Tunisia.
The victory has thus taken the Super Eagles to the top of the group table after four matches.
As a result, though, the Mediterranean Knights are still occupying the third position on the log.
Libya’s Mediterranean Knights were looking forward to avenging the 4-0 bashing they suffered at the hands of the Super Eagles.
And that was in an AFCON match which had actually taken place in the city of Uyo.
The Super Eagles got off to the best possible start as they shot into an early lead.