Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo is out of Nigeria’s October friendly matches against Cote D’Ivoire and Tunisia in Austria next month due to injury.
The 26-year-old will miss the high-profile games after he was taken off in Leganes pre-season friendly against Albacete over the weekend.
Omeruo was forced out 12 minutes into the encounter due to some physical issues and was replaced by Josua Mejías. The extent of his injury is not known yet, but he is set to miss Leganes opening La Liga Smartbank clash against Las Palmas.
Omeruo’s injury will be a worry for Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, ahead of the clash against the Elephants and Carthage Eagles. The former Middlesbrough star is one of the key players in the German’s team.
Rohr is expected to name his squad for the two games next week and will be keeping a close eye on Omeruo’s fitness.
Meanwhile relegated Spanish club CD Leganes have turned down several loan offers for Kenneth Omeruo, insisting they would rather sell him on a permanent basis.
The experienced central defender still has four years left on his contract at the Madrid club, who paid 5 million Euros last summer to make his loan deal from Chelsea permanent.
It was previously believed Leganes will be happy to let Omeruo go on loan so as to free the wage bill of his huge salary.
However, it is now understood that Omeruo could play in the Spanish second division in the new season if Leganes did not find an outright buyer for him.
That could well impact on his international career after he fought his way back to the first team of the Super Eagles.