An injury blow to Nigerian defender Moses Odubajo has dashed the hopes of seeing a Nigerian battle when the Premier League season resumes with Leicester City starting out their title defense against Hull City
The game between Leicester City and Hull City could have seen new arrival Ahmed Musa and Super Eagles prospect Odubajo in action but all that has changed with the knee injury suffered by the Tigers’ defender.
As reported on Fcnaija.com, Odubajo suffered a ruptured ligament in his knee during a friendly against Grimsby on Friday and isn’t expected back until early in 2017.
The 22-year old was quite key for Hull as they made a swift return to the English top flight via the Championship playoffs last season, making 53 appearances in his first season with the Tigers following his move from Brentford.
Odubajo’s injury is another blow for Hull after goalkeeper Allan McGregor and defender Alex Bruce were also ruled out of the start of the forthcoming campaign.
“First and foremost, it’s desperately disappointing news for Moses,” Hull manager Steve Bruce told the club’s website.
“He was exceptional for us last season as we won promotion back to the Premier League and we expect him to be a top player for many years to come.”
Writing on Twitter, Odubajo said: “Thanks again for the support people. I’m very lucky to not have damaged more ligaments. I’ll be back fitter and stronger.”
Thanks again for the support people💪🏾I’m very lucky, to not have damaged more ligaments – Il be back fitter and stronger
— Moses Odubajo (@Moses_28) July 18, 2016
Aside being knocked off club duties, the injury blow has also slowed down Odubajo’s chances of featuring for the Nigeria national team