Wednesday, May 01, 2013
BIG BLOW FOR NIGERIA AS EMENIKE IS OUT FOR 2 MONTH WITH INJURY
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have being hit with a big blow as striker Emmanuel Emenike is expected to be sidelined for two months after injuring his knee in a Russian Premier League football match for his club Spartak Moscow.
This means that the South Africa 2013 AFCON highest goal scorer will miss Nigeria’s hectic June schedule that will see the Super Eagles play two 2014 World Cup qualifiers as well as feature at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.
The power-playing striker gave more details as regards his latest injury woes in Sunday’s league match against Anzhi, which Spartak won 2-0.
”I actually wanted to take a shot before an opponent put his leg and that happened to be on my knee. I was hurt but sometimes such things happen but the most important thing is focus. I wouldn't blame the player for the tackle, that is football," he lamented.
"As it is now, I will be out of national assignments, it hurts but I have no choice. I have to focus on my recovery for next season."
He added: "It is frustrating but I am learning from the injury problems. I will be back and I am spurred for success when I return."
This will be a big blow for Stephen Keshi as he will be looking at replacing Emenike
The 25-year-old forward will miss World Cup qualifiers next month in Kenya and Namibia, as well as June's FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.