Carl Ikeme: “I’m closer to getting back to training”

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Super Eagles, Carl Ikeme
Super Eagles first choice Goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme | Getty Images | AMA | Catherine Ivill

Nigerian Goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme has revealed he’s on the verge of returning to full training in the coming weeks after a three month spell on the sidelines.

Carl Ikeme, 31, has not featured for his club Wolverhampton Wanderers or Nigeria since March with more than just a “normal hamstring injury” he told the NFF website.

The goal tender described the road to recovery as “slow and tough”.

“It’s been slow and tough. It was something I was carrying for a long time. I couldn’t play or train.

“It took more than a normal hamstring injury. I have been working hard every day with the physios and hopefully, I’m closer to getting back to training.

“We start our pre-season on Monday so hopefully, I can start building up in training and hopefully, I can be available for our games and the Nigeria games coming up as well.

He has also missed some matches for the national team and as first choice goalkeeper, Ikeme’s absence in the 2019 Afcon qualifier against South Africa was huge miss, but he believes Nigeria will bounce back from the defeat.

“There are still plenty of games to play to qualify for the Cup of Nations, so we are still confident that we will qualify. We have a good team and a good coach as well, so I’m sure we will be okay,” He enthused.

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