Shehu Abdullahi could miss the remainder of Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations outing due to a hamstring injury.
The Bursaspor defender was stretchered out in the first half, and was replaced in the 41′ by Chidozie Awaziem in the Super Eagles 1-0 triumph over Burundi.
Although Nigeria medics did not place a timeframe on his full recovery, media officer Toyin Ibitoye said that the right-back would be sidelined for Wednesday’s showdown with Guinea in Alexandria.
The defender who has enjoyed a superb outing for the country, playing in the 2018 Fifa World Cup and boasting of 27 caps for the national team has been plagued by injury this season and with the recent development may not feature again for Super Eagles in Egypt.
Abdullahi gave a positive injury update on Twitter thanking Nigerians and urging fans to keep supporting the Super Eagles at AFCON.
The injury setback comes just as he had vowed to help Nigeria grab a fourth African title but in his absence, the 2013 African champions will need to find someone to stop the attacking forays of opposing strikers.
Nigeria faces the National Elephants on Wednesday and a victory will hand them an early slot in the Round of 16 of the continental cup.