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

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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, Owosprts.com.ng 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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