Super Eagle midfielder, Michael Babatunde has undergone a successful surgery on his fractured wrist.
A statement by the team’s Media Officer Ben Alaya on Thursday said Babatunde has since returned to the team’s camp in Campinas.
Babatunde was welcomed back to the camp by team mates including Ogenyi Onazi, whose shot damaged the wrist.
The statement said Onazi had jokingly said that Babatunde stopped his goal bound shot.
“I swear that was a sure goal if not for Tunde’s hand, I wish him quick recovery,” he was quoted as saying.
Team Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, regretted that the player has been ruled out of the World Cup.
“Unfortunately, he is ruled out of the tournament because it will take at least three weeks for that surgery to heal,” Keshi said in the statement.
It added that Keshi assured Nigerians of capable replacement for Babatunde in the team.
“It’s not looking good that he will feature again in the tournament, we are sad about that but we have people who can fill in for him very well and I think we have to go win for him now”, Keshi was quoted as saying.
Keshi also in the statement dispelled insinuations that he had any personal issues with Victor Moses.
“It’s purely medical; my last child is older than Moses, so why will I quarrel with my son?
“People must find out facts and not speculate especially when we have a capable media person in our midst,’’ the statement said.
The coach added that Moses has a muscle strain that was discovered by the team’s medics after the first game against Iran.
He said that he was advised to rest it so that he can come out better in subsequent games.
“We can understand that all players want to play at the big stage but it’s up to us and the medical team to manage their career and balance it with due diligence regarding their health.
“That is why we have not played him, we hope he should be back in training later on Thursday,” Keshi said in the statement.
Moses it would be recalled watched the last group match from the stands. (NAN)