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Iwobi recovers, trains with Eagles

Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has recovered from an episode of food poisoning that forced him to skip training with the rest members of the Super…

Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has recovered from an episode of food poisoning that forced him to skip training with the rest members of the Super Eagles in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Nigerian youngster yesterday returned to train fully with the squad at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
Iwobi, who described his experience as “maddest food poisoning”, could not train with the Eagles in Abuja Tuesday morning, but he returned to train on his own in Kaduna later on Tuesday.
Yesterday, he showed he has fully recovered from the unfortunate incident as he was one of 23 players who trained inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
They played a two-a-side game with Emmanuel Amuneke punctuating the session to dish out corrections.
Iwobi, 19, did not train with the rest of the Super Eagles squad on Tuesday morning ahead of Friday’s crucial AFCON qualifier against Egypt on account of the food poisoning.
“He suffered from food poisoning and so was not part of the training. But his condition is stable,” disclosed Siasia.
It was further gathered that Iwobi ate a meal of salad from where he got the problem.
His father, Chuka, who flew with him from London, has visited the youngster in hospital before the team’s departure to Kaduna.
The 19 year old midfielder has played twice for Nigeria in friendlies last year, but has yet to play an official match since he switched his international allegiance from England to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has said the priority for Nigeria is to beat Egypt at home on Friday so as to improve their chances of qualifying for next year’s AFCON in Gabon after they missed out on last year’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
The Super Eagles are two points behind group leaders Egypt in the qualifying group for Gabon 2017, but a win in Kaduna on Friday will see the three-time African champions leapfrog their closest rivals before a reverse clash in Alexandria four days later.
Chad will host Tanzania in the group’s other match today in Ndjamena. Chad have lost their first two points, while Tanzania have a point from a draw with Nigeria in Dar es Salam in September.
“Egypt are ahead of us in the qualifiers, we therefore have to win on Friday so as to go above them on the table,” said Mikel, who has been mobbed by eager fans at the team’s trainings in Abuja and Kaduna.”

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