Wilfred Ndidi will reportedly be replaced by Tyronne Ebuehi in the Nigeria squad for international friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria during October, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr said.
Ndidi’s absence, due to a groin injury for which he has undergone surgery, also opens the door for at least one exciting new prospect — Frank Onyeka of FC Midtjylland in Denmark — to follow in Joe Aribo’s footsteps and make his mark on the Super Eagles.
Aribo joined the squad in similar circumstances, with Ndidi injured, and Onyeka now has a chance to make a similar first impression.
“We will miss him so much,” Rohr told ESPN.
“I have spoken to him, of course. He must be patient now and take his time to get well.”
The German’s 25+5-man Super Eagles squad — named on Sept. 21 — featured five additional players as standby, including Granada’s Ramon Azeez as the lone midfielder and Shehu Abdullahi, a defender who can play as a holding midfielder.
Ndidi is near irreplaceable, but there is a good chance that Onyeka puts some salve on the pain of losing the Leicester man.