Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike will miss upcoming World Cup qualifiers due to knee surgery

Joint top scorer at the just concluded AFCON, Emmanuel Emenike went under the knife Thursday for a knee surgery, the Nigerian striker will be out for the next 6 weeks.  
Well, while we wish Emenike all the best and quickest recovery too, for the Super Eagles, this means that the Spartak Moscow striker will miss next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Kenya and Namibia.

Emenike’s Russian club Spartak Moscow released the statement on their website saying- "Emenike underwent a successful operation on his meniscus and will miss four to six weeks," The forward will miss the last four games of the season in Russia.

The upcoming World Cup qualifiers are very crucial for the Super Eagles of Nigeria who are currently level on points with Malawi at the top of their Group F. After three matches both Malawi and Nigeria  have 5 points apiece, however, only the top team in each group will be going through to the next round of the qualifiers for a place at the tournament in Brazil next year.

The absence of the 25-year-old striker will be greatly felt in these games as he is one of the leading strikers in the Super Eagles camp till date. For now, the only hope is that  Coach Keshi will be ready to  work his magic and find a suitable replacement soon, if not, this could spell trouble for the Eagles.