World Cup: Rohr to Gamble on Ndidi’s Fitness

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has said he hasn’t changed plans of using Wilfred Ndidi at the World Cup despite the lengthy injury pick up by the midfielder in the Premier League last weekend.

Nigerian fans feared the worst when Super Eagles midfielder Ndidi crumbled to the floor with a hamstring injury during Crystal Palace drubbing of Leicester City on Saturday.

It was later revealed that the tough-tackling midfielder has six weeks to recover from the hamstring injury – just before Nigeria’s opening World Cup match against Croatia on June 16.

Despite the injury scare, Rohr is said to be favourably disposed to including the Leicester City midfielder in his 23-man team list 2018 World Cup, with the hope that the player will return to full fitness before the Eagles get their party on the way.

“Ndidi will be ready for the World Cup. The result of the scan is out, they will put him on a programme to get him back to fitness,” Rohr told journalists.

“He will initially be out of action for four weeks and will need two weeks extra to be fully fit.”

Ndidi, 22, was on Wednesday named Leicester City Young Player for the second season running.

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