Nigeria’s Moses Ruled Out of 2018 World Cup
Gent of Belgium forward, Moses Simon has been ruled out of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup through injury.
22-year-old Moses will not be available for selection when Nigeria face DR Congo in a pre-World cup friendly at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka stadium on Monday.
Moses will not also travel with the Super Eagles squad to face England at the Wembley stadium on Saturday, June 2.
He had been nursing a thigh injury for a while and had been hopeful to recover in time for the mundial but Moses sat out the team’s training session on Sunday, as the squad prepared for Monday’s game against their Congolese counterparts.
The winger was instrumental during Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying matches and the news of his injury comes as a huge blow to both players and fans.
After initially naming a 30-man preliminary World Cup squad, Rohr now has 29 men on his list. He will drop four players from the squad after the friendly against DR Congo and then trim his list to a final twenty-three after the friendly against the Three Lions.
“Moses Simon will not be travelling with the team on Tuesday because he’s injured,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr told reporters in Port Harcourt after the team’s training session.
“The nature of his injury is such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup.
“It’s really unfortunate but he remains in my future plans.”
However, the Super Eagles can boast of an array of stars to choose from when they file out tonight. Some of the players include John Mikel Obi (Tianjin TEDA, China), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China), Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars, Nigeria), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone, Italy) amongst others.
The likes of China-based Bakambu, Arthur Masuaku (West Ham, England), and Benick Afobe (Wolves, England) will also be paraded against the 2013 African champions this evening.
After the friendly against England, the team will jet out to Austria where they are expected to have a training camp and play a friendly with Czech Republic, before going to Russia for the World Cup.
The Super Eagles are in Group D of the World Cup tournament along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Their first match comes up against Croatia on June 16, two days after the World Cup commences.
Countdown to Russia 2018 World Cup: 17 days