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Ogbuke backs Mikel to return strongly at World Cup

By Ben Efe
Chelsea and Eagles midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has resumed training and could be fit for the 2010 World Cup, after making recovery from a knee injury and the consequent surgery during the course of the English Premier League won by the Blues.


Mikel’s bosom friend and under-21 team mate, Chinedu Ogbuke-Obasi disclosed that he met with Mikel in London and was happy with his recovery progress.

“Mikel is a big part of the Eagles World Cup plan. He is already jogging and it is most certain that he would be playing at the World Cup.
“The team needs him, he is one of our biggest players,” said Obasi, who with Mikel formed a good partnership at the FIFA 2005 Under-20 World Cup. They won silver after Lionel Mess scored two goals to help Argentina to lift the trophy.

Obasi submitted that Mikel has improved a lot on his game, while playing for a top club like Chelsea.
“Playing for Chelsea has boosted his game. He has played some big matches this season and we cannot afford to lose him in the Eagles campaign,” Ogbuke added.

Eagles’ doctor Paul Onyeudo was in London Monday, to examine Mikel and he is expected to give the player a clean bill of health to play in the Games of the 2010 World Cup, which will be for  Mikel and Obasi’s world soccer experience.


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