Odion Ighalo is an injury concern for Nigeria ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with South Africa after the striker was taken off on a stretcher during Changtun Yatai’s game with Tianjin Quanjian on Wednesday.
Changchun Yatai captain, Odion Ighalo (l), contests for the ball with a Tianjin Quanjian player
The forward, Nigeria’s top scorer in the qualifiers, was substituted after 17 minutes during the Chinese Super League game after suffering a suspected hamstring injury.
He is a doubt for the Bafana Bafana game on November 17, and Changchun Yatai — who are in danger of losing their top-flight status — await a scan to determine the extent of the injury.
First-choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has been ruled out of the game after picking a knock during Elche’s 5-1 loss at Cadiz in Laliga 2 on Sunday.
Enyimba’s Theophilus Afelokhai was called up on Tuesday to replace the 19-year-old.
Yatai are hoping Ighalo will shake off the injury in time for Sunday’s final-day clash at fellow relegation-battlers, Dalian Yifang.
The Chinese Super League season will end on Sunday, but a winner emerged on Wednesday.
Shanghai SIPG ended Guangzhou Evergrande’s seven-year grip on the Chinese title, as they were declared champions after a 2-1 win against Beijing Renhe•