Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed that Gent forward Moses Simon will miss the Russia 2018 World Cup,
The Belgium-based attacker, who played a major role for the team during the qualifiers, was injured while training with his colleagues in Uyo.
Simon will not feature in Monday’s friendly against DR Congo in Port Harcourt and the game against England in London on June 2.
Rohr told reporters on Sunday that Simon would be out for up to four weeks, meaning that the player will not be available for the World Cup, which kicks off on June 14 and ends on July 15.
“Moses sustained an injury in training and after an examination was carried out on him by the medical staff, it was revealed that he would be out for three to four weeks, so he cannot participate in the World Cup,” the German coach said.
“It is unfortunate that he will not be travelling with the team but the spirit in the team is still great. We still have 27 players, who trained today (in Port Harcourt). In a few days, we will have 25 and from there we will have the final 23 players for the World Cup . We still have players who can work in his role and I hope his injury will be the last to any player.”
He added, “The training today was good because it allowed the players to feel the spirit of Nigerians who came to watch them. There was music, which put the team in a good rhythm. It puts them in a good mood before we leave for Europe after the match against DR Congo.”
The former Gabon coach will drop four more players from the squad after the game against DR Congo.
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