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.
“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-http://nigeriaworldpages.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=81