Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has provided a fresh update on John Obi Mikel. Mikel suffered an injury in the closing minutes of the 2-0 win against Iceland last Friday.
The German revealed that the China-based midfielder visited the hospital as soon as the team arrived in Saint Petersburg.
Rohr further explained that the former Chelsea player will be able to play against Argentina if he is permitted by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir.
Responding to a question from Channel Television’s Austin Okon Akpan, Rohr said
, “Mikel has a fracture of the third metacarpal of the left hand and it’s not a big fracture but he has to play with a cast.
”We arrived yesterday in St Petersburg, he visited the doctor immediately and came back with a protection.
”I think he can play with that, we have to ask the referee to accept, but it is hard plastic so I think it is okay. He is not feeling so much pains, I think he will be ready.”
The German coach added,
”The youthfulness in such important games can also be a disadvantage, we saw it in the first two games, we conceded stupid penalties, some fouls because they are so young, I hope we learn from these mistakes.
”The experience of Argentina can be a positive point in such games, each player want to be in the second round. Against Croatia, someone said they are experienced which is right and we are so young.
”The most important is concentration, discipline, good organization and the players who can make the difference collectively and individually,” added Rohr.
Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr has also stated that his players will play better when they clash with Argentina on Tuesday night at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in their final Group D clash in the 2018 World Cup.
”Despite the huge pressure of expectation, it’s important that the joy of participating at a World Cup remains tangible in every training session,” Rohr said to fifa.com.
”It’s easy to show solidarity when you win but your real character only comes out when you lose.”