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Iheanacho not sure of Rio Olympics

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Kelechi Iheanacho’s participation at the forthcoming Olympic Games has been cast in a mist of doubt after it emerged he is expected to resume pre-season with Manchester City rather than join the Nigeria Olympic team.

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Iheanacho, 19, is in the Nigeria provisional squad for the Games, but his participation is now in doubt, as he will return to England to team up with City for pre-season.

“We’re really not sure if he will go to the Olympic Games or not because he is scheduled to return to England for pre-season,” a source close to the player said.

“It will depend on the arrangement the NFF will have with Manchester City which I’m not sure of but I’m sure he will start the pre-season with City,” the source added.

Iheanacho had a breakout season at the Etihad last term, with former manager Manuel Pellegrini giving him the opportunity.

But with Pep Guardiola coming in as the new City manager, the youngster may need to prove himself all over again and it remains unclear if he will now be released to join the Nigerian squad.

He was also not among the players who attended visa interviews at the American embassy in Abuja on Thursday.

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