Iwobi blow for Super Eagles

Nigeria have been hit by a blow ahead of Friday’s crucial Group B World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo, after Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi was ruled out with injury.

The Nigerian Football Federation confirmed the news which may come as a blow to the Super Eagles. If Gernot Rohr’s men beat the Indomitable Lions, they could all but secure a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia as they enjoy a healthy Group B lead.

The 21-year-old was due to join the national team camp on Monday after Arsenal’s Premier League 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday. The attacking midfielder had previously played the opening two qualifying wins over both Zambia and Algeria, scoring against the Copper Bullets.

Nonetheless, it has since been confirmed the young star will not be available and CSKA Moscow striker, Aaron Samuel, has been called up in his place. The 23-year-old last featured for Nigeria close to two years ago.

In addition to missing this weekend’s important encounter, Iwobi will also not be available for the return leg in Yaounde on 4 September. The Lagos-born star has a thigh strain.

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