Enugu Rangers midfielder Obinna Nwobodo has been ruled out of next month’s FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand after he suffered a ligament injury at the 2015 African Youth Championship.
Nwobodo suffered the major knee injury in the final of the recent AYC in Senegal, which now requires surgery and will sideline him for as long as nine months.
The 18-year-old Nwobodo was named on a provisional 35-man squad for the World Cup, but he has now been effectively ruled out of the competition, which begins in New Zealand on May 30.
He will therefore not travel on Saturday with the squad for a training camp in Germany.
Officials of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and the National Sports Commission, NSC, are now working on an arrangement for him to be treated overseas.
The Rangers attacking midfielder was named man of the match for the Flying Eagles semifinal win over Ghana at the AYC after he opened scoring with a header off a corner.
He also delivered two assists in a 2-2 draw with Cote d’Ivoire in a group game in Mbour.

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