Mikel Expected Today as Eagles Settle Down in Rabat


The Super Eagles on Wednesday held their second training session at the team's Rabat camp ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria and Tuesday's friendly against Argentina.

The player was substituted 45 minutes into Bursaspor's 2-2 draw with Kasimpasa on Saturday because he was still nursing an injury.

The midfielder's injury adds to team head coach Gernot Rohr's major headache, as he is also missing five other players due to various injuries. Leon Balogun is also reportedly short of match fitness.

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"It will be interesting to play in Algeria in this conditions they have changed their coach, they want absolutely win at home, they haven't done it yet so they will be very aggressive".

"They have good players.Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Yacine Brahimi".

"What is important in this game is to play a good game".

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"So, we will have 22 players available for the match in Algeria". "Even if I am not in the team today, I will keep praying for the players and working hard because the coach needs the best at the World Cup next year".

On the worldwide friendly against Argentina next Tuesday in Krasnodar, Rohr believes the match will serve several purposes as the team prepares ahead of the 2018 World Cup finals.

"The Super Eagles, with the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup ticket already in their pocket, will fly to Constantine, where they face the Fennecs at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui from 8.30 p.m. Algeria time on Friday".

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On Saturday, the Nigerian team will fly aboard a chartered flight to Krasnodar, the Russian city that will host Tuesday's worldwide friendly against Argentina.