Super Eagles head coach, Salisu Yusuf has backed and On-loan Everton forward, Henry Onyekuru to be back to the game before the kick-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Anderlecht star was declared out for the rest of the season after tearing his medial ligament during Friday’s 1-0 win over his former club Eupen and was taken off on a stretcher in the 78th minute.
Scans during the weekend confirmed his worst fears that his season is over as he faces surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation.
“Henry Onyekuru has torn his medial bond,” Anderlecht wrote on their official website.
With his participation being unlikely at next year’s World Cup in Russia, speaking to Complete Sports, Yusuf expressed hope that the 20-year-old will be back on his feet to challenge for a place in the squad ahead of the tournament.
“It’s always so sad for any player to go under the knife,” Yusuf said.
“Henry is a strong character and I trust him to bounce back stronger after the surgery. It will be nice to have him around before the World Cup too.”
Onyekuru cost Everton £6.8m in the summer, and has scored nine goals in 19 league appearances this season playing as a winger. His total haul is 10 goals in 28 games in all competitions.
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