Super Eagles of Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has stated that team captain John Mikel Obi, who sustained a hand injury towards the end of the FIFA World Cup clash against Iceland, will be fit for the final group game against Argentina at the Krestovsky Stadium on Tuesday.
Mikel was in noticeable pains towards the end of the game but still insisted to complete the game after he was briefly attended to by the medics.
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“We will be ready for the game against Argentina. Unfortunately, there is one injury to the team. Our captain, John Mikel Obi fractured his hand against Iceland but he can play with a cast. The medical team have done a good job on him,” Rohr stated in a short video made available on the Super Eagles official Twitter handle.
“Aside from him, everyone is fit. We are preparing for the next game. We will do everything to prepare the team in the best possible way.
“We came into our base camp the night after the game against Iceland. We had a good sleep and everyone recovered very well. Players who did not play had a special training and did the work they have to do.
“Then we watched the game between Germany and Sweden which was very interesting. This morning, we had a training session, our last before we travel to Saint Petersburg for the game against Argentina.
“We go to Saint Petersburg this afternoon, three hours flight from Essentuki. Fresh weather, not too cold and not too hot. Tomorrow we will train again. We will be ready for the game.”
Nigeria ensured that qualification is firmly in their hands with the win over Iceland, they are currently it in the second position in Group D with three points, while Argentina occupies the bottom of the group quite comfortably after they were humiliated 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday.
Victory for Nigeria against Argentina will send the Super Eagles into the second round while a draw could be enough depending on the outcome of the game between Croatia and Iceland.