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Team doctor to the Super Eagles has explained why two stalwarts of the home-based team have been sent home

With the disclosure on Monday that Papa Idris and Reuben Gabriel have been sent away from the Eagles camp in Abuja, the team’s doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran, has come out to explain the reasons behind the decision.

Gyaran revealed that Idris was suffering from a recurring thigh injury while Reuben has a swollen groin that is being well treated. He assured on the well-being of the players and was confident that the two players will be back to the team, contesting for a place in the team for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

“What we did in concert with Coach Stephen Keshi is precautionary so that we don’t have distractions of whatever type, as we have a serious game at hand,” Gyaran said.

“Papa’s [Idris] thigh has improved and if it were to be in a tournament, he would still have played some games for us, but we have to look at the long term and the options available, hence we asked him to go and get very decent treatment for the task ahead.

“As for Reuben [Gabriel], we have done scan over his swollen groin and even when some experts say nothing has gone wrong we still sent for other opinions on the injury in London and we are sure that when he finally returns we will see a fitter and better player.”

Gyaran praised the foresight of the coaching crew led by Stephen Keshi to quickly take action and concentrate on players that are 100 per cent fit.

“We will keep monitoring them to ensure that they are both ready on time for the 2013 Nations Cup,” Gyaran assured.

The team however now go through two training sessions daily as the match against Liberia draws ever nearer and Coach Keshi said, "The attitude is good and professional and if we maintain it, we will get the result we want against Liberia."