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Super Eagles midfielder misses chance to face Pogba

16 February 2017, 16:41

Nigeria international Hope Akpan will be missing a great chance to try his prowess against the world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba.

Akpan stars for Blackburn Rovers who this weekend will be playing against Manchester United in the FA Cup, but the Nigerian will not be in action owing to card issues.

Rovers on Thursday confirmed via their official webpage that the Nigeria international will miss their next three matches in the wake of his first red card for the club in their 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Valentine’s Day.

In this light, Akpan will not be available for selection when Manchester United travel to BB2 4JF on Sunday for an Emirates FA Cup fifth round clash.

In addition, the defensive midfielder will miss games against Burton Albion (Feb. 24) and Derby County (Feb 28).

Hope Akpan was shown a red card in the closing minutes of the game week 32 clash at Hillsborough Stadium for pushing the referee after his goal was disallowed.

While the Nigerian has since apologized for the card incidence, he maintains that he is being wrongly punished.

- News24 Nigeria

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