Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi has faced an extended period on the sidelines due to a groin injury, risking his participation in the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Nottingham Forest Head Coach Steve Cooper revealed the setback, stating that Awoniyi underwent surgery and will be out for an unspecified number of months.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury during Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Lesotho in a World Cup qualification match. Despite being a key player for Forest, scoring four Premier League goals in 10 matches this season, Awoniyi’s absence is a significant blow.
Cooper expressed support for the player’s recovery, emphasizing his previous resilience in overcoming challenges.
The timeline for Awoniyi’s return remains uncertain due to the nature of the groin surgery.
The setback is a cause for concern for the Super Eagles as they prepare for the 2023 AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire, where Awoniyi’s impactful presence will be missed.