Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, says he has been left “confused” by reports that striker, Umar Sadiq, was set to return to action for his club, Real Sociedad, just days after pulling out of the Africa Cup of Nations due to injury.
Peseiro was speaking to reporters in Abidjan when asked how the 26-year-old could have recovered already from a knee injury he believed would prevent the player from having any involvement at the AFCON.
The coach says he received a report from the Eagle’s medical team stating that Sadiq’s recovery will take at least 15 days.
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Sadiq’s spot was taken by forward, Paul Onuachu, who came on as a substitute when Nigeria drew 1-1 with Equatorial Guinea in their opening match at the Cup of Nations on Sunday.
That result has left Peseiro’s side under some pressure ahead of their second game, against hosts Ivory Coast on Thursday.