Wednesday Nov 07, 2018. 10:00
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has been ruled out of the Super Eagles’ upcoming matches due to a rib fracture.
The first-choice goalkeeper was in action for his Spanish second division club Elche as they suffered a 5-1 defeat to Cadiz this past weekend. After the encounter, his club confirmed the goalkeeper suffered “a heavy concussion” during the game.
Elche went on to reveal that the 20-year-old will be spending the next four weeks on the sidelines after suffering a rib fracture.
This rules him out of the crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on November 17 and the friendly against Uganda three days later.
"Francis Uzoho has undergone today's radiological tests at the Tesla Clinic that determine that the player has a fracture of the seventh costal arch after the blow suffered yesterday at the Ramón de Carranza Stadium," read a club statement.
"The estimated time of withdrawal is four weeks."
Uzoho confirmed the information on his Instagram page: "Injury is part of the game, definitely not the best timing but there are things beyond us.
"So sad I won’t be there for my teammates for the next four weeks they’re more than capable to get the job done [sic]. Coming back a beast. In Christ alone!"
Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has named Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afalokhai to replace the injured Uzoho and he's expected to compete with Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Chippa United’s Daniel Akpeyi for the upcoming matches.