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Anderlecht coach rejects responsibility for Onyekuru’s World Cup snub

Anderlecht manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck has dismissed reports claiming that he is responsible for Henry Onyekuru’s exclusion from Nigeria’s 30-man provisional squad list.

Onyekuru, who has been battling to get match fitness following a knee injury he suffered in December, has not featured for Purple and Whites since his return to the side as boss claims he is not ready to return to action.

”The player’s camp says he’s not at the World Cup because of us? It’s easy to say that it’s Anderlecht’s fault, but it’s been repeated how many times before his injury,” Vanhaezebrouck told reporters in a conference on Friday.

”I know Nigeria players who have a lot of caps and were not selected. Kara did not play a lot, but he was called up by Senegal because Henry has yet to prove anything with Nigeria and his non-selection is also linked to his injury.”

”He played half an hour then an hour with the reserves, we saw he’s not ready yet, he’s afraid to make tackles, everyone at the club has seen him,” added Vanhaezebrouck.

Onyekuru is likely to miss Anderlecht’s final game against Genk on Sunday as he is yet to report at the team’s training camp claiming a stomach flu problem.

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