Mystery has surfaced over midfielder Joe Aribo’s expectancy of playing for Nigeria on Sunday despite Steven Gerrard expecting him to miss a few matches and not expecting him to play before the international break.
Aribo got a severe blood injury following a reckless tackle, and has missed all football since then, despite making the bench on Sunday, but he’s been called up to the Super Eagles’ camp in Singapore to face Brazil and is strongly anticipated to play a big role if not start.
This is a bit puzzling such has been his enforced absence from club football, and if he’s been unavailable for selection due to the injury, it’s certainly a tad odd he’s not only travelled with Nigeria but is strongly expected to play too.
Some might say that it’s all above board and that the midfielder was only expected to miss a handful of matches, but we feel it’s more than a bit risky to select a player who may be a fair bit off match fitness for such an occasion.
After all, look at how mismanagement of Ryan Jack by Scotland cost us our in-form midfielder.
We really hope everyone knows what they’re doing here.