AC Milan attacking winger, Nnamdi Oduamadi will not take part in this Saturday’s 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying against Malawi’s Flames.
The Nigerian striker tore a muscle during one of the team’s training in Calabar last week and missed the 1-0 win over the Brave Warriors of Namibia.
The 21-year-old is now expected to resume training next week with the team ahead of the second leg game in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying against Rwanda.
Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi has told SuperSport.com that he has no intention of calling up any replacement for Oduamadi, who was on loan at Torino last season.
“I won’t call up another player as we can draw up a replacement from the pool we have. It’s unfortunate he won’t be part of the Malawi game because we don’t want to take any risk with his health and the country’s chance at the World Cup qualifier.
“But I expect that he will join us in Calabar for training next week as we prepare for Rwanda. Hopefully he will be fit because he’s a good footballer,” Keshi told SuperSport.com.
Apart from Oduamadi, midfielder Obiora Nwankwo suffered a knock but could make it in time for the trip to Blantyre.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles go into the game against their Malawian counterparts as top of Group F on three points.