Troost-Ekong: We Know How Argentina Play


The Super Eagles on Sunday afternoon took the flight out of their 2018 World Cup base camp in Essenthuki, Russia to the venue of their last group fixture against Argentina in Saint-Petersburg.

Ahead of Tuesday’s decisive game, which would determine which team follows Croatia into the round of 16, the Eagles moved to Russia’s second largest city in the afternoon, in order to get enough time for three training sessions ahead of their final Group D fixture.

The team left their camp at 2:55pm to catch the flight to St. Petersburg, a day after holding their first training session after beating Iceland 2-0 on Friday.

It was also their first session ahead of their clash with the two-time world champions but only those that did not start Friday’s game took part in the full workout.

The training began with a run around a nearby lake, then the players hit the pitch for a fitness session and ball work.

Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa, Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Kelechi Iheanacho were among the players that carried out specific stretching exercises with the Super Eagles fitness trainer.

However, Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi was sighted undergoing a recovery workout with his left hand bandaged, after sustaining an injury in the closing minutes of the win over Iceland.

Mikel later went for a scan on Saturday to determine the extent of a wrist injury he suffered in the closing minutes of Friday’s match with Iceland.

He said: ”You can see that my wrist is injured and had to be bandaged. You can also see that the wrist is swollen but hopefully I should be ready for the Argentina match.

”The match will be very tough but we have to be ready and hope that all our best legs are available and injury free. We will work very hard in training and on the pitch to get victory against Argentina on Tuesday.”


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