Nigeria's Obinna ruled out of Italy friendly

Victor Obinna said he was disappointed but is hopeful of bouncing back in good time.

updated: November 18, 2013 14:57 IST
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Abuja, Nigeria: Victor Obinna, whose second goal sealed Nigeria's weekend win against Ethiopia and sent the Super Eagles to the World Cup finals, will miss Monday's friendly with Italy because of injury, officials said.

The ex-Inter Milan forward came on as a late substitute to score a superb free-kick in the 83rd minute to secure a 2-0 win and 4-1 victory on aggregate on Saturday but later suffered a thigh strain.

Nigeria officials said he would undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the injury but he would not play against the Azzurri at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground in west London.

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