Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr and the Super Eagles Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye have in separate interviews stated that Joel Obi and Tyrone Ebuehi are not injured. Both players are on Nigeria’s list for the two friendly matches this month.
Rohr said he has been in touch with Obi who said he was only managing the situation, and nothing more and added that the midfielder was left out of Torino’s squad to face AS Roma on Friday evening – a match his side lost 3-0, for tactical reason.
“Yes, I called him when I saw that. I called him (on Saturday) night to find out why he did not play,” Rohr told Goal.
Another invitee to the games against Serbia and Poland, Oghenekaro Etebo has also played down the seriousness of a knock he picked up in Las Palmas’s 2-0 loss to Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga on Sunday. It is barely a week before the midfielder starts training with the national team in Wrocław.
The Nigeria international had to make way for Benito Ramírez in the 46th minute of the contest at Estadio de Gran Canaria (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).
Las Palmas manager Paco Jémez said post-match the substitutions of Erik Exposito and Etebo at half-time was a tactical decision.