2026 WCQ: Why Nottingham Forest Star is Out of Zimbabwe vs Super Eagles Clash

Why Nottingham Forest Star is Out of Zimbabwe vs Super Eagles Clash

Nottingham Forest rising star, Taiwo Awoniyi, faces an unfortunate setback as he’s set to miss the crucial clash between Zimbabwe vs the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.Why Nottingham Forest Star is Out of Zimbabwe vs Super Eagles Clash

Awoniyi sustained an injury during the recent match against Lesotho, compelling him to withdraw from the upcoming international duty, footballrover reports

The Nigerian striker’s withdrawal stems from a recurring groin issue, forcing him to depart the squad.

Spotted at the Uyo local airport, Awoniyi appeared to be limping slightly as he prepared to fly back to England from Lagos.

During the Lesotho game, Awoniyi was initially in the starting 11, partnering with Victor Boniface.

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However, he was substituted for Terem Moffi in the 59th minute due to the injury concern.

His absence creates a significant void in the team, especially in light of Victor Osimhen’s ongoing recovery from an injury sustained against Saudi Arabia, leaving the squad with crucial gaps to fill.

This setback poses a challenging decision for Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro as he strategizes for the upcoming clash against the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

With the Super Eagles scheduled to face the Warriors in Huye for their World Cup qualification tie, Awoniyi’s absence raises complexities in selecting the optimal lineup.

Awoniyi’s impact at Nottingham Forest this season has been notable, contributing four goals and two assists under Steve Cooper’s management.

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However, his focus now shifts to receiving proper medical attention in England to facilitate his recovery.

As the Super Eagles prepare for a crucial match in their World Cup qualification campaign, Awoniyi’s absence presents a significant setback, leaving fans awaiting further updates on his condition.

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