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July 3, 2020
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AFCON 2019: Super Eagles star might miss rest of tournament with injury

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Nigeria defender, Shehu Abdullahi, could miss the remainder of Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a hamstring injury.

Abdullahi was stretchered out in the first half of the Super Eagles 1-0 win over Burundi on Saturday and was replaced by Chidozie Awaziem.

The Bursaspor player had shrugged off an injury-plagued season with his Turkish club, to make Gernot Rohr’s squad to the biennial African football showpiece.

Although the team’s medics did not place a time frame on his full recovery, media officer Toyin Ibitoye told Goal that the right-back would be sidelined for Wednesday’s showdown with Guinea in Alexandria.

“Shehu is fine but may need just a few days to be back to 100%,” Ibitoye said.

While Rohr remained vague as to the extent of the injury, it is understood that he will not risk exacerbating the injury with other options available for selection.

With hamstring injuries usually taking two to three weeks to heal, it remains to be seen if Abdullahi can still play a part in Egypt.

Therefore, the Super Eagles No.12 may not feature again for the three-time African kings in Egypt.

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