Samuel Chukwueze’s Injury Casts Doubt on World Cup Qualifiers Participation



Nigerian forward Samuel Chukwueze’s availability for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Republic is uncertain due to a recent injury.The 24-year-old AC Milan winger was forced off the field during Saturday’s Serie A match against Cagliari and replaced by Rafael Leao, reports.

According to Milan Post, Chukwueze suffered a muscle problem in his left thigh, which could potentially keep him sidelined for several weeks. OrthoInfo estimates that recovery time for a muscle strain can range from 10 days to 3 weeks for a mild strain, and up to 6 months for a severe strain.

With Moses Simon still recovering from a lengthy injury, Super Eagles head coach Finidi George faces a challenge in preparing for the crucial World Cup qualifiers. The Eagles are set to host Bafana Bafana at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on June 7, followed by a trip to Ivory Coast to face the Squirrels on June 11.

Chukwueze’s potential absence would be a significant blow to Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. Fans and team officials alike will be eagerly awaiting further updates on his recovery timeline.


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