As John Mikel Obi limped off shortly before halftime of Chelsea’s 3-1 pre-season win over Rangers, spectators say his injury has further compounded Nigeria’s squad problems. Mikel was replaced by Josh McEachran after taking a hit to his ankle. Report says shortly before the Blues squad took off to London, Mikel described his injury as ‘not looking good’.
“It’s my ankle, and it’s not looking good,” he said.
A scan will be perfumed to assess the extent of the damage when the squad arrive in London, but it appears the midfielder will now not be available for Nigeria’s friendly fixture against Ghana.
The news will come as a blow to Samson Siasia, who is already contemplating the prospect of being without recalled forward Osaze Odemwingie to the same ankle injury.
Mikel and Joel Obi have formed an effective partnership in midfield since Siasia took over, and this potential withdrawal could be a big setback.
Potential replacements Nosa Igiebor and Fengor Ogude are having trouble with their travel arrangements, but officials are hopeful things will be sorted.