Any hopes of Shenghai Shenhua striker Obafemi Martins making Nigeria’s list for the Russia 2018 World Cup tournament has ended due to injury.
The former Inter Milan and Newcastle forward was taken off the field after 22 minutes in the first half of his side’s Asian Champions League match against Kashima Antlers. Initial diagnosis revealed he has sustained a partial rupture of the quadriceps tendon of the right knee.
It has been speculated that Martins will be out for a possible 6 to 7 Months, which will effectively put an end to his World Cup dreams.
Coming off a blistering goal scoring form over the weekend in the Chinese Super League where he bagged a hat trick against Hebei China Fortune, Martins was hoping to replicate his domestic form on the continent, but his latest injury set back has a put an end to such ambitions for at least 7 months. The 33-year-old must now focus on his rehabilitation and return to full fitness.
Martins has been highly tipped by many Nigerian football fans to get a national call up which might help solve the seeming attacking issues in the Super Eagles and ensure his Second World Cup appearance since his previous debut in 2010.