Nigeria vs Argentina: Mikel Would Play with a Cast Around his Wrist, Says Ibitoye
With a few hours left for the kick off of Group D’s World Cup match between Nigeria and Argentina, Toyin Ibitoye, Media Officer of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, has disclosed that John Mikel Obi, Captain of Nigeria’s team, would be playing the match with a cast around his left wrist. He made the disclosure today during a chat with the crew of Sunrise Daily, a program of Channels Television station.
Ibitoye said: “The mood in camp is good. The confidence is good. We would play to win and get a result that would qualify us for the next stage of the competition.
All the players we have in camp are very good to go apart from Mikel who would be playing with a cast around his left wrist.”
He disclosed that Mikel did well in training yesterday, despite “a little fracture on his wrist”.
Ibitoye said: “I am optimistic that with the hunger and body language that I have seen in the boys, I think that we are ready to win. It would be a battle of who wants it more. We want it more. We would get it. We would make it …. The team is working hard and praying hard”
It would be recalled that John Mikel Obi sustained a fracture during the closing stages of last Friday’s match against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena. Nigeria dimmed Iceland’s chance of qualifying from Group D with a 2-0 win in that match. Mikel’s injury in that encounter raised concerns about his availability for today’s match.
Meanwhile, a win or draw against Argentina in this evening’s tie would be enough to secure Nigeria a berth in the next round of the World Cup provided that if the match ends in a draw, Iceland does not secure a huge win against Croatia in the other Group D match. Both matches would be played simultaneously at 7.00pm.
Croatia’s place in the next round is already assured with six points, regardless of the outcome of today’s match. Nigeria is currently placed second in Group D with three points, while Argentina and Iceland have 1 point each.
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