Moses, Echiejile out injured as Rohr names 24 players for Algeria, Argentina clashes

Moses, Echiejile out injured as Rohr names 24 players for Algeria, Argentina clashes

Victor Moses and Elderson Echiejile are the two most conspicuous absentee in Coach Gernot Rohr ‘s list of players for Nigeria’s last World Cup qualifying game against Algeria and the international friendly with Argentina in Russia next month.

Gernot Rohr did not include Chelsea right wingback, who has been nursing a hamstring injury for over three weeks, has not trained with the London club since October 14 when he was injured in a game against Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, Sivasspor Left back, Elderson Echiejile got injured on international duty with the Super Eagles in the last minutes against Zambia.  But he seems to be getting back to fitness, although not enough to play in Sivasspor last game.

In the list released by Rohr are three debutants, Tyrone Ebuehi, a defender, Chidiebere Nwakali and Francis Uzoho. Three other players are on standby, including former super regular, Kenneth Omeruo.

Skipper John Mikel Obi leads the squad that also includes his deputy, Ogenyi Onazi, thus rubbishing the rumour that Rohr would use the game against Algeria to try out players that have not had a look in into the side.

The three goalkeepers in the squad are Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, and Francis Uzoho, while the defenders are William Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyronne Ebuehi, Leon Balogun, Uche Agbo, Chidozie Awaziem and Olaoluwa Aina.

The midfield has Mikel John Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Chidiebere, and Nwakali.

To contest for starting shirts in the attack are Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru and Anthony Nwakaeme.

Joining Omeruo on the standby list are Alhassan Ibrahim and Russian-Nigerian, Brian Idowu.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said yesterday that all the invited players are expected to arrive in a camp in Morocco next week Monday before the delegation flies to Constantine on November 9.

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