The Super Eagles of Nigeria are slated to tackle Zimbabwe in Huye on Sunday for their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification tie
Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been compelled to withdraw from international duty due to a recurring groin issue, Soccernet.ng reports.
The Super Eagles featured for Jose Peseiro’s men against Lesotho, and was trusted to fill the void left by Victor Osimhen who is also recovering from an injury he picked against Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Awoniyi, as confirmed on the Super Eagles page, has been forced to withdraw from the squad which would hand the Portuguese tactician more selection choice ahead of their clash against the Warriors.
However, the injury setback faced by Awoniyi is becoming a big concern for Nottingham Forest, given the forward’s recent return from a similar injury.
The striker, who has contributed four goals and two assists for Steve Cooper’s side this season, faces the prospect of another spell on the sidelines following his departure from the Nigeria squad.
In a statement released on the Super Eagles’ official page on X (formerly known as Twitter), it was revealed that Awoniyi will return to England for proper medical care.
The statement reads: “Taiwo Awoniyi has departed for his base due to discomfort in the groin and will return to England tonight following consultations between his club’s medical staff and the Super Eagles’ medical team.”
The striker’s absence poses a potential setback for Nigeria and Forest, casting doubt on his availability for the upcoming crucial Zimbabwe encounter for Nigeria and English Premier League matches for Steve Cooper’s men.
Nottingham will await further updates on Awoniyi’s condition, hoping for a swift recovery to bolster their attacking options for the upcoming fixtures.