Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has confirmed that Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel played through injury during the game against Malawi and the player returned to London straight after the game due to the problem.
There had been speculation that the Chelsea man had simply not wanted to play against Burkina Faso in a friendly match, however Keshi has confirmed this simply wasn’t true.
“In the early part of the game the calf injury nearly recurred but when the doctors signalled to him over what the situation was, he offered to continue the game.
“After the game we had to review the situation and ask him to go for proper treatment at his club before their next game, instead of risking him against Burkina Faso in the friendly.”
While Mikel himself added
“It’s sad if people hold such views about me but I am and will always be glad to play for Nigeria.
“But there is nothing I can do if I am injured and I am sure that Nigerians understand that fact. My teammates also understand because many of them have been excused from the team in the recent past on account of injuries.”
Vincent Kompany has given Manchester City a boost as he returns from injury and will be included in the squad set to face Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.
Kompany, who has been injured since the first game of the season, had been said to be ready to return for the Manchester derby next weekend, however he wil now return earlier that expected to help ease City’s injury problems.
Andy Carroll is set to fly to the US to see a specialist regarding his foot injury, with a source inside the club stating that they have located an expert who deals with the type of heel injury the striker has suffered.
The source said
”Nothing is broken. This is the type of injury suffered by big men such as basketball players when they fall awkwardly which is what happened with Andy.
“We have found the top American specialist who has vast experience in dealing with his problem. He has treated some of the world’s most athletes and arrangements are now underway to fly Andy out to him.
“You can never say precisely how long, but six to eight weeks would be my best guess. It’s not an Achilles, broken leg, fracture or anything like that.
“It’s more a case of bruising and soreness and will respond to treatment – it the usual problem. Getting blood to the affected area. It’s frustrating and depressing but it’s a problem we now believe can be solved sooner rather than later.”