Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Babatunde, Moses could miss Sudan tie
Nigeria pair of Michael Babtunde of Volyn and Victor Moses will likely miss the Super Eagles' crucial double header against Sudan in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on October 11th and 15th respectively.
Babatunde and Moses, who were earlier snubbed for the Super Eagles' two opening qualifying games, may remain absent for the important two-legged games against the Falcons of Jediane due to injury.
The duo were both handed a recall with the African champions needing to win the home and away fixtures at the Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum on Saturday and the National Stadium, Abuja on Wednesday respectively to qualify.
Moses, who joined Stoke on-loan from Chelsea, provided the assist to Charlie Adams for the Potters to level up for 1-1 against Sunderland before hurting himself and was immediately substituted after the goal celebration.
The former Wigan Athletic wide-man, 23, who is suspected to have suffered a re-occuring thigh injury, is expected to undergo series of tests to ascertain its seriousness.
Babatunde, who just recovered after his wrist was fractured by a shot which came off teammate Ogenyi Onazi's foot against Argentina at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, is feared injured after not being listed when Volyn played out a 2-2 home draw against Vorskla on Friday, October 3.
The 21-year-old, was aided out of the pitch due to injury in the Crusaders' earlier fixture against Dnipro and was substituted with just 23 minutes into the Ukraine Premier League Week 7 encounter on September 27.
Nigeria have picked only a point from two games in Group A and will need maximum points against pointless Sudan in the next two games to get their qualification back on track.
Congo top the ladder with six points from two games, while South Africa are second with four points in two matches.