Summer signing at Benfica of Portugal, Tyronne Ebuehi has been certified fit enough to play for the Eagles against Croatia on Saturday, despite suffering a nose bleed during training on Tuesday.
Ebuehi appeared to be in a scary condition when nose started flowing from his nose while lining out with his colleagues at the Eagles’ base camp in Essenthuki, Russia, but coach of the side, Gernot Rohr said on Wednesday that the former ADO Den Haag of Holland right back has shaken off the setback.
Rohr’s comments also fuelled speculation that Ebuehi has won the battle for the right full back spot for Nigeria, as the Dutch-Nigerian defender continues improving.
Shehu Abdullahi was the undisputed first choice at right back for the Nigerian team with many even suggesting him as a long term solution to the position which has been problematic for the Nigerian team.
Ebuehi announced himself with a strong display in the second half of Nigeria’s 4-2 friendly win over Argentina in November and since then has impressed whenever called upon.
Tuesday’s session he started among the possibles for the Saturday opening game against Croatia and Rohr suggested that his return to full fitness might see him start.
He had nose bleeding but Rohr confirmed that he is now fully okay and ready to play if called upon and the coach also confirmed that all his players are fit and ready for the tie.
Ebuehi is in line to make his competitive Nigeria debut when they take on Croatia on Saturday after he completed full training session on Wednesday morning, amid concerns over his well-being.
The Benfica-bound right-back suffered a nose bleed after he was accidentally hit by another player during the Eagles first workout in Essentuki.
There is no cause for alarm as the defender finished training with the rest of his teammates on Tuesday, soon after the injury scare.
”Tyronne Ebuehi is not injured; he just had a small bleeding. He did the whole physical exercises with the team this morning.
”It was more like a mistake, someone’s hand hit him, it was from a ball possession game. He finished the training session yesterday evening, so there’s nothing to worry about.
“He’s fit and there are no injury problems in the team. He is ready to play against Croatia”, confirmed Rohr.