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Obafemi set for surgery in UK

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Obafemi Martins will travel to England to undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon; his Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua confirmed on Thursday.

•Obafemi … UK bound

The former Super Eagles striker who was eyeing a return to the team for the World Cup in Russia, has been ruled out of action for six months. He sustained the injury against Kashima Antlers in the Asian Champions League 2-2 draw on Tuesday as he was stretched off midway through the first half of the continental club fixture.

Obagoal as he fondly called banged in a hat-trick for Shanghai on Saturday in their 4-2 league win over Hebei China Fortune and it provoked calls to coach Gernot Rohr’s to consider him for a spot in the squad to Russia 2018.The injury ends any faint hopes of him making the team.

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