An initially planned three-year deal for Super Eagles striker, Aaron Samuel at Russian side CSKA Moscow may be under threat now following a knee surgery that could keep him out of action for as much as seven months.
Samuel having impressed during his loan spell from China was being considered for a permanent deal but CSKA Moscow chief Roman Babayev in a recent interview gives indications that talks may have slowed down on handing the Nigerian striker a deal.
“We have not even talked to the agent of Olanare (Samuel),” Babayev was quoted on sport-express.ru
“The operation took place at the end of last week. Unfortunately, it confirmed the initial diagnosis, damaged front and lateral cruciate ligament.
“In fact, 6-7 months – the minimum recovery time. In fact, he had two operations. The situation is difficult. Let’s sit down, let’s talk with the agent.
“We are upset. But this is football – nothing can be done. Not yet ready to announce a decision.”
The 22-year-old Samuel who was invited by Nigeria for recent AFCON games against Egypt but could not feature has himself expressed his dissatisfaction at the injury blow that would keep him out till 2017.