The Super Eagles are hoping that striker Henry Onyekuru will be fit for the World Cup, following a knee injury.
Onyekuru, 20, is signed to Everton, but is currently on loan at Anderlecht. He was stretchered off the pitch in the 78th minute after a collision with Eupen goalkeeper Hendrik Van Crombrugge.
Anderlecht coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck has suggested that the striker faces a minimum of six months on the sidelines, which effectively rules him out of next summer’s football festival in Russia.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck was quoted as saying by Liverpool Echo: ”He is possibly out for six months.”
The Super Eagles are however hopeful that he can recover on time before the mundial.
Speaking to Completesportsnigeria.com on Tuesday, Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, said Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, was sad when he heard about the injury to Onyekuru.
“Rohr was not happy, but we are hoping that he returns before the World Cup. He is a young player and the tendency for him to recover quick is there, so we are praying and hoping he returns in time,” he said.
According to Ibitoye, both the coach and some top NFF officials have contacted Onyekuru to wish him well.
“Already, we have called to wish him well.” he added.