Emmanuel Emenike had his debut with club Las Palmas of Spain delayed for much longer, after he suffered an injury in training.
Emenike joined Las Palmas on a six-month loan deal from Greek club Olympiacos on the final day of the winter transfer window in January, but is yet to make his official debut for the club due to fitness issues.
Las Palmas initially stated that Emenike is overweight, but the struggling club disclosed further at the weekend that he has been under treatment for several days after feeling sudden pain in his right knee during training on Thursday.
On the other hand, Emenike’s Nigeria pal at the club, Oghenekaro Etebo, who also joined on loan in January, has featured in two games since his arrival.
Meanwhile, Midfielder Eddy Ogenyi Onazi is expected to make a spirited return to training with club Trabzonspor of Turkey this week after recovering fully from a knee knock that hit him last week.
The knock was initially considered light, but eventually saw him miss Trabzonspor’s 0-0 draw away at Genclerbirligi (Gen-kla-balegi) on Saturday.
25-year-old Onazi, who has made 13 league appearances for Trabzonspor so far this term, was an unused substitute in the games against Fenerbahce and Goztepe before being granted a special leave prior to the (Gen-kla-balegi) draw.
In Other News,
Ahead of Nigeria’s second group match of Russia 2018 against Iceland, more facts have been unfolded about the opponents’ Everton of England star, Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is regarded as one of the best dead ball specialists in the English Premier League.
The dossier reveals that the Super Eagles must watch out from deadly free-kicks, set pieces and defence-splitting passes from Sigurdsson, who made his senior international debut for Iceland in 2010 and has since earned 55 caps, scoring 18 goals.
He represented Iceland at their first major tournament, UEFA Euro 2016, where his country reached the quarter-finals. He is undoubtedly the biggest sports star in Iceland at the moment.
On The International Scene,
Southampton must maintain their mental strength and keep fighting to climb up the Premier League table; this is according to manager Mauricio Pellegrino after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool left his side in the relegation zone.
Southampton have won just five of their 27 league games this season and are 18th in the league, one point behind Huddersfield Town.
They have recorded just one win in their last 14 matches but Pellegrino was hopeful his side can avoid the drop.
Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes winger Riyad Mahrez’s 10-day standoff with the Premier League club was a mistake and is eager for everyone to move on from the incident.
Mahrez returned to training for the first time since handing in a transfer request last month with local media reports saying the 26-year-old was absent as he was ‘depressed’ following a failed move to Manchester City.
The Algeria international missed two games and six training sessions after Leicester rejected the bid but returned to action in Saturday’s 5-1 defeat by league leaders City.
In Other News,
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid’s season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga.
According to him,”The tie…is one that could define the whole season,”; this he told Real’s website after picking up a prize for best player in the world last season from the website Goal.com.
Real host PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday in the first leg of their last-16 tie, with the return set for March 6 in the French capital.
Finally in Tennis,
Serena Williams was understandably far from her best in her return to competition on Sunday but the greatest player of her generation said it was a positive step toward her goal of returning to the pinnacle of her sport.
Williams, playing her first official match since having a baby, and older sister Venus were beaten in a dead doubles rubber by the Netherlands in the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina, but walked away feeling upbeat.
Early in the match Williams showed the effects of her lengthy layoff, perhaps most noticeably when she shanked a routine volley that left her bent over in embarrassment; however, shortly after, the owner of an Open-era record 23 grand slam singles titles drew wild cheers when she confidently stepped to the net and stretched out to drive home a superb backhand volley.