Injured Ndidi, Iheanacho in doubt for 2023 AFCON

LEICESTER City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho may not feature in the forthcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) due to injuries.

Although their names were included in the final 25-man list released by the Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, their chance of getting a full recovery before the kickoff of the tournament is uncertain after they missed Leicester City’s last fixture.

On New Year’s Day when the club defeated Huddersfield 4-1, Ndidi was not included in the squad, while Iheanacho’s last match was during the 1-1 draw with Ipswich on Boxing Day.

He was not in the matchday squads for the 2-0 win over Cardiff City on December 29 and the Huddersfield fixture.

A British regional newspaper, Leicester Mercury, while quoting the club manager, Enzo Maresca, on Tuesday, January 2, wrote that both Iheanacho and Ndidi were serious doubts for the AFCON.

“Kele and Wilf are both injured, but they are now going to be with the international team.

“We’ll see if they’re going to keep them or send them back. But they are both injured, unfortunately for us,” Maresca said.






     

     

    The Nigeria Football Federation NFF) and the team’s coach, Peseiro, have yet to comment on the players.

    Both players are instrumental to the Super Eagles squad in the midfield and attacking forward.

    The Super Eagles are in Group A of the 2023 AFCON, along with hosts Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

    The tournament kicks off on January 13 and ends on February 11.

     

     

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