2026 WCQ: Key Nigeria defender nursing injury

2026 WCQ: Key Nigeria defender nursing injury
Amadou Bakayoko of Sierra Leone challenges Semi Ajayi of Nigeria during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone held at the Abuja National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria on 9 June 2022 ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Oct 28, 2023. 15:00

One of Nigeria’s key defenders Semi Ajayi is currently injured ahead of next month’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The West Bromwich Albion star has been ruled out of Monday’s English Championship clash against Coventry City at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Ajayi, who has 26 caps for the Super Eagles, is currently nursing an ankle injury and West Bromwich manager Carlos Corberán has provided an update regarding the player.

“I am in the same situation with this (a ‘miracle’ for Ajayi to be ready), it’s a challenge,” Corberán said on Express and Star.

“He has a grade two ligament (damage) of the ankle, it’s a different type of injury and we need to see how he progresses.

“He’s doing his best but he’s still a big question mark for the next game.”

Nigeria head coach Jose Peseiro will soon announce the Super Eagles squad that will face Lesotho and Zimbabwe in the 2026 World Cup next month.

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