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Ibitoye: Joel Obi is okay, not injured; Ebuehi’s availability uncertain

Super Eagles Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye has nullified reports suggesting midfielder Joel Obi will be unavailable for the team’s forthcoming international friendlies against Poland and Serbia. 

There were widespread reports last week that the Torino midfielder suffered an injury in training and could be forced to withdraw from the Super Eagles 28-man squad list for the impending Pre-World warm-up games.

However, Ibitoye has objected, stating Obi’s unavailablity for Torino’s Serie A game against AS Roma was rather a decision taken by the manager and not because of injury concerns.

The Media Officer also stated that ADO Den Haag have not contacted the NFF over Ebuehi’s injury concerns and thus, can not be ruled out of the squad.

”We will wait for official notification because normally when you invite a player and he is not able to come because of injury the doctor of the club will write to the NFF that the player is injured,” Ibitoye told ALLNigeriaSoccer.

”They will send the details of the injury to confirm that he can’t make it. We will wait for official confirmation from Tyronne’s club.

”For Joel, he is okay, we still got in touch with him recently. He was just rested for their last game. He is fine, he has sent in his travel itinerary so we are expecting him to come.

”For Tyronne we hope it’s not something serious. We hope he will be able to come, we wait for official word from the club doctor to know whether he’s in or not.”

Obi’s squad invitation marks the 26-year-old’s first international call up in the last two years – after four years in international wilderness. The midfielder has made 15 appearances for Nigeria since his debut in 2011 and he is yet to register a goal.

On the otherhand, Ebuehi has been a regular squad member of the national team since he accepted the invitation for the Eagles’ friendly against Senegal in March, 2017. He has hitherto only been omitted from the team’s squad selection for the game against Zambia in October, last year.

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