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Africa Cup of Nations Qualification

Blow for Nigeria as Iwobi, Aina and Troost-Ekong ruled out of Seychelles clash

1:26 AM WAT 04/09/2018
Alex Iwobi, Gernot Rohr
Ahead of Saturday’s all-important clash against the Pirates, Gernot Rohr will be without three of his key players

Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong will miss Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Seychelles due to injury, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed.

The Super Eagles face the Pirates on Saturday and an away victory will put the Super Eagles’ qualification chances back on track after a shaky start.

Aina suffered a muscular injury in Torino’s 1-0 victory over SPAL and was replaced in the 86th minute with Alex Berenguer taking his place.

Troost-Ekong got injured in Udinese’s 1-0 away defeat to Fiorentina albeit featuring for the entire duration at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

For Arsenal’s Iwobi, he was missing in the Gunners’ away victory over Cardiff City in the English topflight on Sunday and has been ruled out of the clash against the Pirates.

Coach Gernot Rohr is expected to name his replacements from the incapacitated stars. Captain John Obi Mikel had earlier been ruled out of Saturday’s fixture owing to injury.