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Keshi worried over key player injuries

09 May 2013, 13:37Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos -  Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, is worried by the extent of injuries in his camp ahead of the upcoming FIFA
2014 World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup.

Keshi expressed disappointment that recuperating Russian-based Nigerian forward, Emmanuel Emenike, would not be part of the busy June schedule.

While he is happy Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, returned to training he was also worried that injuries would derail preparations.

“We are preparing, starting with the training camp in Germany followed by a friendly a match against Mexico. All of them are part of the preparation for the World Cup qualifiers. My only worry as I use to say, is the good health of all my invited players,.

"Mikel has been down but thank God, I learnt that he would soon resume training. Emenike’s injury has been a source of worry to me.

"My fears are whether all of them would remain injury free. If they are in a very good health, then, I don’t have any problem because they will give me what I want,” Keshi said.

He said he visited one-capped Super Eagles’ striker, Bright Dike, to ascertain how he was fairing with his knee injury.

“I did not travel to search for players. However, the only player I saw in America was Bright Dike. I wanted to see how he is fairing with his knee injury. He is recovering very well,” Keshi said.

He said Danny Shittu, who has previously been axed for alleged indiscipline, was still part of his plans.

“I have always said that as far as a Nigerian player is playing actively well, he still have chances of getting my invitation to play for the Super Eagles provided he wants to play.

"We don’t want to bring in names, but quality that can bring something to make Nigerians happy," Keshi said.

Nigeria have a challenging schedule in June including a match against world champions Spain in the Confederations Cup.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles’ gaffer lamented the crashing out of Nigerian clubs from the CAF continental campaigns.

- CAJ News



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