Oghenekaro Etebo is a major doubt for Super Eagles’ forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa due to injury.
Etebi is not available for selection when Stoke City face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the EFL Championship on Tuesday.
The Potters number eight started as a holding midfielder along with Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi in the two AFCON qualifiers against Libya in Uyo and Sfax.
Medical tests carried out after he returned to the United Kingdom last week revealed that he suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty.
Etebo does not want to rush himself back from the injury and has been undergoing light training.
He joins the queue for the Super Eagles treatment room behind Chievo Verona’s Joel Obi, Bursaspor’s Abdullahi Shehu and Galatasaray’s Henry Onyekuru ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
Obi has not played for The Flying Donkeys for a month due to a knee discomfort, Shehu suffered a muscle contraction in the quadriceps on his right leg which led to his substitution after 18 minutes against Libya in Uyo while Onyekuru faces at least one month on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, it is not all bad news as Trabzonspor’s Eddy Onazi was cleared to suit up for the Turkish club in Monday’s game against Erzurumspor after pulling out of the Nigeria squad for the games against the Mediterranean Knights.
In addition, Chelsea loanee Kenneth Omeruo is expected to fully recover before CD Leganes upcoming La Liga match against Levante.