Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo faces a minimum of four weeks on the sidelines after picking an ankle injury in training meaning he could be out of next month’s international friendlies against Ivory Coast and Tunisia.
Aribo who has become a regular for the national team after his first goal against Ukraine in a friendly last year has missed three consecutive matches for Glasgow Rangers since his last Scottish Premiership clash against Livingston. He also got on the scoresheet against Brazil in another friendly last year.
In the words of the club manager, Steven Gerrard, the absence of the Nigerian is a big blow to the club following his contributions.
Aribo did not train with Rangers first team on Thursday ahead of the visit of Dundee United, fueling speculation all is not well.
“Joe Aribo has had a setback in terms of his return to training so he’s got an ankle strain at the moment, he’ll
be missing for 4-6 weeks,” Gerrard told the national press in Scotland.
“In terms of Joe, it’s a big blow. Joe, during pre-season and start of the season, was in magnificent form.
“He’s a player we rate very highly here, I’m sure he’ll be missed over the next four weeks.
“It’s actually good news for us because when he had a setback in the training, there was a situation where he
had to go and see a specialist on his ankle problem and there was a chance he might have needed surgery.
“Thankfully he doesn’t need surgery and we might be able to get him back in four weeks time so it’s actually a
positive situation because it could have been a lot worse.
“But he’s definitely going to be a blow for us because he’s a fantastic player and a major talent and a major
part of how we play so it’s certainly a blow”.
Nigeria takes on Cote d’Ivoire on October 9 in Austria and four days later face the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia as part of preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November.