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Everton fume over Anichebe

*Pick issues with Lagerback’s exclusion on grounds of injury

Everton have taken issue with Nigeria over the omission of Victor Anichebe from their World Cup squad, claiming the striker’s injury was not serious.


The club say he has only a bruised shin, not a cracked chin as initially reported.Anichebe, 22, was one of the most notable omissions when Swedish boss Lars Lagerback named his final 23-man party.

He was about the best player in Eagles when Nigeria played Saudi Arabia but Lagerback later dropped him on grounds of injury from Everton. But the club have picked issue with that.

Everton are furious at what they see as misinformation while Anichebe is devastated at not making it to South Africa.
He was selected as the man of the match in the friendly against Saudi Arabia but did not feature against Colombia on Sunday in Nigeria’s final warm-up match.

Taiwo Ogunjobi, chairman of NFF Technical Committee, said Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel could play in the team’s final warm-up friendly against North Korea on Friday after recovering from knee surgery.

“In the case of Mikel Obi, he is 100 per cent  fit but the coach decided to allow him enough rest,” he said. “He may play in the last friendly match against North Korea.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s departure for South Africa was delayed after problems with the plane that was due to take them from Stansted on Monday night.


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