Obafemi Martins Ruled Out Of 2018 World Cup
Nigeria international Obafemi Martins has been ruled out of action for between six and seven months after sustaining a hamstring injury.
According to an announcement Wednesday by his Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, Martins, 33, sustained the injury against Kashima Antlers in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday.
The former Inter Milan and Newcastle United star was carried off midway through the first half of the continental club fixture which they drew 2-2.
Obagol as he’s fondly referred to, joined Shenhua at the start of the 2016 CSL season from Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders and has been a hit at the club.
The pacy attacker, who inspired them to the Chinese Cup last season, netted a hat-trick for Shanghai on Saturday in their 4-2 league win over Hebei China Fortune.
Sadly, this latest injury ends any faint hopes Martins may have had of making Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr’s squad for this year’s World Cup in Russia.
He last represented Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier against Botswana in 2015.
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