Babatunde out of World Cup

Super Eagles coach, Ste­phen Keshi, has ruled out midfielder Mi­chael Babatunde from playing part in the next matches of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

Keshi told reporters at a post match that the Volyn Lutsk of Ukraine player, who appeared to break his hand after be­ing struck by the ball during the Group F clash with Argentina would no longer play any part should the Super Eagles progress beyond the sec­ond round.

Babatunde was hit by a shot from teammate, Ogenyi Onazi during the second half, as he tried to move out of the way. He was in distress and was soon stretchered off after being given a protective cast for his arm. Michael Uchebo was substituted on in his place.

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“I think he’s got a broken hand and is go­ing to get surgery as we speak,” Keshi said in his post match news confer­ence. “I’m not sure he’s going to play again in this World Cup. It’s not good,” he added.

Babatunde departed the field of play with Nigeria trailing 3-2, and the scores remained the same at full-time.

Despite the defeat, the Super Eagles advanced out of Group F to the round of 16, with Ar­gentina going through as group winners

Babatunde had en­dured a frustrating World Cup, having also been stretchered off in the 1-0 win against Bosnia-Her­zegovina after picking up an injury.


Source: George Alou-

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