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Troost-Ekong out for season with AFCON-related injury in Nigeria

Posted : 28 February 2024

The leader of the Nigerian national team has recently arrived in Finland to undergo a minor surgical procedure aimed at addressing a muscle tear in his right thigh. This injury, as disclosed by Nigerian journalist Oluwashina Okeleji to BBC, originated during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Troost-Ekong sustained this muscle tear during the second round of the group stage in the 2023 AFCON, particularly in the match between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Remarkably, despite the setback, William managed to secure the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for his outstanding performances throughout the tournament.


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Throughout the AFCON, the 30-year-old defender demonstrated his prowess by scoring three goals, including one in the final match. Unfortunately, Nigeria faced defeat against Ivory Coast, resulting in the Eagles securing the silver medal.

Despite the successful individual performance and accolades, the toll on Troost-Ekong's health was evident, leading to the decision to undergo a minor surgical procedure in Finland to address the muscle tear in his right thigh. This procedure is crucial for the player's recovery and eventual return to the football field.


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