Kelechi Iheanacho Doubtful Of 2023 AFCON Tournament

Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho may no longer travel with the rest of the squad for the 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations, AFCON, tournament in Cote d’Ivoire reports.

Super Eagles coach José Peseiro Friday released his final 25-man squad for the upcoming AFCON tournament; and Kelechi Iheanacho was included.

Kelechi Iheanacho leaves Super Eagles Portugal Camp.
Kelechi Iheanacho a member of 2013 Eaglets celebrates Super Eagles goal against Saudi Arabia

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However, the former Manchester City forward may no longer make it to Ivory Coast, as he’s currently sidelined with injury.

Midfielder Kelechi Iheanacho doubtful for the 2023 AFCON

“Iheanacho has a muscle problem two days ago,” Enzo Maresca Leicester City’s manager was quoted by Leicester Mercury after the EFL game at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday.

According to the tactician, the 26-year-old will further be assessed by City’s medical team to see the level of the injury, which will have a direct effect on his availability for the AFCON.

Kelechi celebrate his goal Leicester City

“We are still waiting to see if it’s something important or a matter of days. But I don’t think he will be able for the next one (against Huddersfield).

“We don’t know yet (if it will affect his Afcon call-up). It depends on the injury. If it’s an important injury, he has no chance to go. If it’s not important, he can go,” he added.

Meanwhile, the King Power Stadium is expected to miss five players if African extraction for January and potentially for the first half of February.

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Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is also in the Super Eagles squad, while Patson Daka is expected to lead the Zambia line-up. Abdul Fatawu is in the provisional Ghana squad and may make the cut for the tournament.

Harry Souttar will be representing Australia at the upcoming Asian Cup, which also takes place next month.

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