Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo faces a nervous wait to be fully fit for Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho on Tuesday.
Gers’ Aribo faces fight to be fit
£3.15m-valued Aribo (Transfermarkt) started against Benin on Saturday as the Super Eagles prevailed 1-0.
However, it has now emerged that Aribo is struggling with a stomach bug, and manager Gernot Rohr has revealed that he may not be available to play in the country’s next match (via allnigeriasoccer.com).
This is no doubt a blow to Rohr and the national team. After all, Aribo has started every one of Nigeria’s qualifiers (Transfermarkt) as the Super Eagles sit top of their group, unbeaten in five matches (Goal.com). In fact, they have not lost any of the seven matches in which Aribo has played on the international stage so far.
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However, a stomach issue should not be a problem for Steven Gerrard and Rangers. By the time this international break is over, he should be available to play between now and the rest of the term. While the Premiership trophy has already been sewn up, the Gers are still competing in the Scottish Cup, and even in the league they can still go the whole season unbeaten (BBC). Given Gerrard called him “fantastic” earlier this season (via The Athletic), Aribo could well play an important role in both before the term is out.
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