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Rohr not thinking of replacing Samuel Kalu with Iheanacho


Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr attends a training session in Alexandria, northern Egypt, on June 21, 2019, on the eve of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Burundi. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr is not thinking of replacing the recuperating winger Samuel Kalu with Kelechi Iheanacho, an official has said.

Kalu, who is yet to return to training with the rest of the team, was reported in some quarters to be on his way back to his club with Leicester City’s Iheanacho as his replacement.

But the official, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian that the coaches have not discussed Kalu’s substitution.

He said that Kalu, who collapsed on Friday during a training session, was still under observation, adding that he would soon rejoin his mates in training.

“We have capable hands looking after him and I think they are the once that would decide when he is ready to play.

“He has been practicing on his own and doing all the right things, but they are still watching him.

“I can tell you that he is eager to start playing, but the game against Guinea is too early for him.”

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