Alhassan Yusuf, the Royal Antwerp midfielder, has been officially ruled out of the crucial AFCON 2023 clash between Nigeria and hosts Cote d’Ivoire scheduled for Thursday.
Yusuf, who made a noteworthy debut for the Super Eagles during the previous 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea, could not complete the game and was substituted by Joe Aribo.
Confirming the absence of Yusuf in the upcoming match, Coach Jose Peserio addressed journalists at the pre-match press conference in Abidjan on Wednesday.
He said: “I think I am happy with my performance but disappointed we didn’t win, I think we created a lot of chances but hopefully the goals will come in our next game.”
On his injury, he said, “I suffered a cramp, but I will see how it goes.”