Saturday Oct 02, 2021. 16:00
Watford and Nigeria international Oghenekaro Peter Etebo has been sidelined for four to five months with a torn quad muscle.
The 25-year-old suffered the injury while playing for Watford in last weekend’s Premier League match at home to Newcastle United. He was a late substitute for fellow Nigerian Emmanuel Dennis.
“Midfielder Peter Etebo tore a quad muscle towards the end of the Newcastle United game last weekend and is expected to be out for between four to five months,” said Watford in a statement, as quoted by Sky Sports.
The news is a major blow for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, who will be without the player for their remaining 2022 World Cup Qualifying group stage matches, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations, set to be held in Cameroon early next year.
Etebo is hoping to earn a permanent move to Watford, having joined on loan from parent club Stoke City at the start of the current season.
The 25-year-old has also played for Galatasaray, Getafe, Feirense, Las Palmas and Warri Wolves in his senior club career.
A member of Nigeria’s squads at the last World Cup and AFCON, Etebo has over 30 caps for the Super Eagles and his experience will be missed by manager Gernot Rohr.