Bursaspor full back Shehu Abdullahi has revealed that he is “getting stronger” on his return from a hamstring injury and is hopeful of being back in time to play a part in the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) knockout games.
The Nigeria international has been out of action since the opening day of the 2019 AFCON after sustaining the injury in the 1-0 victory over Burundi.
Shehu Abdullahi hinted Futbalgalore.com on Saturday that he could be involved in the knockout phase of the 2019 AFCON.
“I’m still taking my treatment and getting better. I don’t know whether the injury will heal if Nigeria gets to the final. Hopefully before the round of 16 or quarter finals, I should be okay to play football,” he told Futbalgalore.com.
In the last 12 months, the likes of Tyrone Ebuehi, Ola Aina, Semi Ajayo and Chidozie Awaziem have emerged as competitors to the right back position.
“This is national team and you are here for series of challenges. The good thing in this team is that everybody is ready to play,” he enthused.
On his likely return to the team, Shehu Abdullahi admitted: “Coming back to play is left to the coach. We can’t start at the same time. We are 23 and only 11 can start. It doesn’t matter who start, play or named as a substitute. We are a team. A lot of players had injuries while some came in and did very well. It’s good to have the challenge in the team. I’m ready for that and it’s good for the coach.”
The full back will sit out the Super Eagles final group game against Madagascar on Sunday.