Ahmed Musa out of Nigeria’s clash against Ukraine, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe injured and other international break round up

Ahmed Musa out of Nigeria’s clash against Ukraine

The 26-year-old winger will not play a part when the Super Eagles take on Andriy Shevchenko’s men in a warm-up game

The Super Eagles captain pulled out of the warm-up game due to an injury he suffered while in action for his Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr.

Musa has only made two appearances for the Knight of Najd this season, featuring in their 2-0 victory over Dhamk and playing 59 minutes in their last outing against Al Fateh.

The 26-year-old winger will be the fifth player to be ruled out of the game against the Yellow and Blue after Kenneth Omeruo, Tyronne Ebuehi, Henry Onyekuru and Wilfred Ndidi.

Coach Gernot Rohr has handed late call-up to Club Brugge’s Dennis Bonaventure, Bordeaux’s Josh Maja, PAOK’s Anderson Esiti and Lokomotiv Moscow wingback Bryan Idowu.

In the absence of the former Leicester City forward, Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong will lead the three-time African champions against Andriy Shevchenko’s men.

 

Nicolas Pepe: Injury forces Arsenal star out of Ivory Coast duty

Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe has withdrawn from Ivory Coast squad for their upcoming games against Benin and Tunisia due to injury.

After the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Pepe travelled to France to join the rest of his international teammates in Deauville.

Upon his arrival at the team’s base, the 24-year-old reported an injury to the officials and he has been released to return to London Colney.

The Ivorian FA disclosed that KV Mechelen defender Mamadou Bagayoko has been called up to replace the attacker in the team.

 

“Nicolas Pepe, injured in his club, came to report his injury on Wednesday late afternoon. As reinforcement, the coach has invited Bagayoko Mamadou,” read the FA statement.

Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha and Basel midfielder Serey Die have also opted out of Ivory Coast matches due to varying reasons.

 

The Elephants are billed to take on Benin on Friday in Caen before playing against Tunisia on Tuesday.

Neymar scores for Brazil in first match for three months

Neymar hit the back of the net in his first match since June as Brazil drew 2-2 with Colombia at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Friday.

The PSG superstar, who missed out on a move to Barcelona when the transfer window shut on Monday, struck the equalising second goal in the 58th minute but he couldn’t help his team secure the win in the friendly match despite playing the entire 90 minutes.

After Philippe Coutinho’s expertly weighted pass set Dani Alves free down the right, Neymar was in perfect position at the back post to find the net as his former Blaugrana team-mate lashed the ball across the face of goal.

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