Raheem Lawal returns to full fitness, targets Eagles call-up


Osmanlispor FK midfielder Raheem Lawal has returned to training following his recovery from a minor toe injury and will play for his Turkish side this weekend against Karabukspor.

The Super Eagles midfielder has been one of the most consistent Nigerian midfielders this season in Europe. Lawal has played 2,410 minutes, started 17 matches and scored five goals for Osmanlispor FK.

“I am delighted to return from injury, I resumed training on Monday and I am looking forward to the league game this weekend. I suffered a minor injury and the doctor told me to rest for two matches, I am happy to return from injury,” Lawal said to Naijafootballplus.com from his team base in Turkey.

Lawal made his international debut for Nigeria under the late Stephen Keshi in 2012 and has appeared in the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

The 27-year-old midfielder said he is hopeful of making a return to the national team with his superb form this season.

With Joel Obi injured and doubtful for the Serbia and Poland friendly games later this month, Lawal says he will be grateful to work with the Franco-German coach Gernot Rohr.

“It will be a big privilege to be part of the team before the World Cup, I want to contribute to the team’s success. I am in love with the coaching style of coach Rohr and I am looking forward to the opportunity to play with this great team.

He added: “I will continue to work hard at my club side, I think my performance will be recognized soon. I am hopeful I will get my opportunity soon. It’s a great moment for Nigeria to be at the World Cup, I was able to brag among my team-mates in Turkey about my country’s success and I am optimistic the team will excel in Russia.”

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