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Chukwueze Remains In Doubt For Tuesday’s Decisive Match Versus Ghana


Villarreal of Spain winger, Samuel Chukwueze is still in doubt over his chances of making an appearance for Nigeria in the second leg of their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana on Tuesday.

This is sequel to the former Golden Eaglets’ star’s inability to take part in two training sessions with the Super Eagles since limping out of Friday’s first leg in Kumasi, Ghana, megasportsarena.com reports.

Eagles’ interim technical adviser, Augustine Eguavoen hinted on arrival back in Abuja that Chukwueze had to be yanked out of the game at Baba Yara Stadium because of a knock he copped early in the second half.

Consequently, Eguavoen revealed that Chukwueze suffered a knock during the first leg on Friday night and the product of Diamond Football Academy of Umuahia, who has started four of five matches under the current coach, was replaced by Emmanuel Dennis 14 minutes into the second half.

Injuries have been a problem for Chukwueze in recent months and he missed all of the Eagles’ matches in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, as well as the 2021 Europa League final and UEFA Super Cup for his club.

At the height of his woes, Chukwueze missed the first two months of this season due to rehabilitation from a long-term injury and he could not feature in all six matches played by Nigeria in the penultimate lap to Qatar 2022.

Although Chukwueze was present for the Eagles’ training on Sunday evening, he was excused from all team activities for the second straight day and he ended up wearing trainers all through.

Camp sources hinted that Eguavoen has already identified a replacement for Chukwueze, should the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist be unfit to take to the field against Ghana on Tuesday.

The gaffer, though, refused to make a final comment on the matter, as he enthused that Chukwueze could still bounce back overnight and make himself available for selection before kick-off at 6pm on Tuesday.

Eguavoen said: “The players are in high spirits, we are more than half way through and the boys know it.

“Some players didn’t get involved now because one or two had a knock and recovery training people that played 90, 94 minutes usually will do just a little bit and then rest.

“People who didn’t play up to 70 minutes would do more and that’s exactly what we just did.

“Few of them that had knocks like Chukwueze, we just want to rest him, a complete rest, and then he can probably resume.”

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