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Injury has once again forced the Super Eagles midfielder to miss crucial games in June for the national team


Groin injury has forced Super Eagles midfielder, Reuben  Gabriel to miss the Confederations Cup as well as other matches that Nigeria will play in June.

The former Kano Pillars star who now plays for Kilmarnock in the Scottish League missed the last Africa Cup of Nations because he could not recover from an injury. He was named amongst the 25 players to play an international friendly against Mexico on May 31 in Houston.

But Reuben will have to drop off as this injury will not allow him train for some time. Gabriel says that his club doctor advised him to take some rest so that the injury would be properly healed.

"I have a groin injury which recurred in a recent in-house match. Initially I did not think it was a problem, but after I reported the injury to the club doctor, he took me to the hospital in Glasgow for a scan," Reuben told Goal.

"After investigation, the doctor advised me to take some rest. I tried to call coach Stephen Keshi for some days now to tell him but I could not get through to him.

"I then called coach Daniel Amokachi to inform him. I am really sad that I will miss the Confederations Cup because I was looking forward to play against top teams like Spain and Uruguay.

"I cried about the situation, but I know God's time is the best.

"For now I have to make sure I am ready for pre-season in Kilmarnock and also the 2014 World Cup in Brazil," said Reuben.

The Super Eagles coaches would now have to find a replacement for the injured Kilmarnock midfielder.