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Etebo Injury Update: Midfielder Could Miss Millwall Game But Should Be Fit For AFCON Qualifiers

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Oghenekaro Etebo could be available for selection when Nigeria takes on Benin and Lesotho in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month.

The midfielder picked up a muscle injury in the first half of Stoke City's 1-0 EFL Championship away defeat to Sheffield on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old was replaced by Mark Duffy in the 21st minute of the game after suffering what looked like a thigh/groin injury.

Etebo Injury Update: Midfielder Could Miss Millwall Game But Should Be Fit For AFCON Qualifiers

“To lose Etebo early was a big blow for us and then lose your centre-half, invariably the one that came on makes a big error for the only goal of the game,” Potters manager, Nathan Jones, said after the game.

"Etebo suffered a muscular injury which will take a while to recover."

Additional tests have since been done on Etebo and reports are that the Stoke medical team has confirmed that the workaholic midfielder will be out of action for two weeks.

In that two weeks, Etebo is set to miss Stoke's next two games against Millwall(Oct. 26) and West Brom(Nov. 4) but he is expected to be back for the game against Barnsley on November 9.

Nigeria kick-off their 2021 AFCON Qualifiers at home against the Benin Republic on November 13 before travelling to Lesotho six days later for their next game.

If Etebo returns to full fitness as at when expected and doesn't suffer any injury relapse, Gernot Rohr will be able to call on his services for both games.

The former Warri Wolves man has played in all of Stoke's fourteen games in all competitions this season, logging 797 minutes in total.