Injured Super Eagles striker, Osaze Odemwingie, will require surgery on his injured knee and could be out for a large part of the new season.
Odemwingie, who was brought in the second half of last weekend’s Premier League clash involving his team, Stoke City, and Manchester City was taken off on a stretcher after spending less than 15 minutes on the pitch.
Though it was initially hoped that Odemwingie’s injury was not serious, the forward broke the sad news of his impending surgery via his twitter handle @OdemwingieP.
“It’s confirmed now surgery is required. Really gutted I will miss many games of the season. I will work hard to be back as early as possible.
He continued: “We have a strong squad that will do great in the league and I will be back in time for the Wembley finals.”
Odemwingie was one of the top performers for Stoke City last term helping the potters to their best finish on the EPL log in the 2013-14 league campaign.
The Nigerian striker scored six goals in 15 Premier League appearances for Stoke last season after quitting Cardiff City for a new challenge at the Britania.
The good run of form saw him secure a recall to the national team and he went on to feature for Nigeria at the World Cup scoring a goal.
With Odemwingie effectively out of reckoning, Stoke will be banking on the other Nigerian in their squad, Victor Moses, to help them to another fine outing this season.
Moses joined Coach Mark Hughes side on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.