The trio of Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and William Troost Ekong have been ruled of this Saturday’s AFCON qualifier against Seychelles in Victoria.
The national team’s official twitter handle: @NGSuperEagles, confirmed this on Monday night.
According to the handle: “Iwobi, Aina and Ekong are out of Seychelles game due to injuries. Only Henry Onyekuru is in camp at the moment, we expect others early tomorrow (Tuesday).”
While the Arsenal striker is down with flu, which ruled him out of their 3-2 win over Cardiff City, Torino’s wing-back Aina and Troost-Ekong were also ruled out due to muscular injury.
Aina, who is on loan from Chelsea, limped off during the 1-0 Serie A win over SPAL on Sunday night.
More tests are needed to ascertain the extent of the damage to the left femoral bicep.
Injured Troost-Ekong however had boasted that that he is keen to win trophy with the Super Eagles.
According to him: “It has been amazing being able to represent Nigeria for some years now, putting on the green-white-green with pride.
“I am proud of the medal we brought home to Nigeria from the Olympics Football Tournament in Brazil in 2016, but my big aim is to win something with the Super Eagles. I am really looking forward to that.”
The former Bursaspor of Turkey star also assured that the national team players have since put behind the disappointing outing in Russia and are raring to go.
He said: “It was hard for all of us not to make progress from the group stage at the World Cup. But I still look back with pride about the team because our outing in Russia has definitely made us hungrier to qualify for the 2019 AFCON and to go all the way there.
“I think we have demonstrated now that when Nigeria plays at its best there aren’t many teams we have to fear. But it will be a hard job in the next two months and I know the boys and staff are taking these games very serious. But of course, I believe if we perform at our optimum, we will garner the points from the remaining matches and qualify for the final tournament.”