John Obi Mikel could miss the remainder of the three-time African champions’ campaign at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 32-year-old strained his knee in Nigeria’s 2-0 loss to Madagascar and was replaced by Alex Iwobi in the 59th minute.
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After several checks by the medical staff, sources confirmed that Mikel will be out of the Round of 16 clash, and fear the Nigeria captain could miss the rest of the championship.
Should the fears be confirmed, the Super Eagles could be left with just Iwobi to fill the creative role in the midfield.
While Gernot Rohr remained vague as to the extent of the injury, it was understood that the problem is not a severe one, but the German will not risk exacerbating the injury.
Therefore, the former Chelsea man, may not feature again in Egypt.
This setback will come as a blow to the new Trabzonspor signing who earlier revealed Egypt 2019 could be his last AFCON.