Taiwo Awoniyi risks missing out of 2023 AFCON due to groin injury

SUPER Eagles forward Taiwo Awoniyi may miss the forthcoming 2023 African Cup of Nations, billed to kick off in 2024 in January in Cote d’Ivoire.    

Awoniyi, who just returned from a previous groin injury sustained in September, played for 59 minutes during the 2026 World Cup qualifying match against Lesotho on Friday, November 17, at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

Terem Moffi replaced him in the match, and he could not play in the second fixture against Zimbabwe.

After undergoing the evaluation of the injury at his club, Awoniyi’s Nottingham Forest coach Steve Cooper said the striker would be out for “months” because of a groin injury.

The player has scored four goals in 10 Premier League appearances for Forest this season.



    “We’ll definitely see him again this season, but it’s groin surgery, so it will take a little while,” the coach said.

    The coach admitted Awoniyi’s huge contribution to the club’s progress, assuring the club will offer support to get him back on his feet quickly.

    “It’s bad news on Taiwo; he’s had to have surgery, and he is going to be out for months. We’ll support him and try to get him back as quickly and as fit as he can be, but it’s a really unfortunate situation and a blow for him.

    “He’s become an important player for us with the goals he’s scored. He’s such a good guy and a good professional who is desperate to do well, so to get an injury like this is harsh on him,” he added.

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