Injury shatters another Super Eagles star’s dreams for Afcon 2022
The triple African champions are expected to do without another player ahead of next year’s continental competition in Cameroon
Nigeria international Kingsley Michael has suffered a broken leg that will prevent him from playing for at least four months, Italian midfielder Bologna FC have confirmed.
The 22-year-old suffered the terrible blow in Bologna’s 1-1 draw at Udinese this weekend.
In his second league appearance this season, Kingsley came off the bench for Swedish ace Svanberg just minutes into the second half and was replaced by Italian midfielder Vignato 16 minutes later after needing medical care.
About the club official site, Bologna has revealed Kingsley has undergone successful surgery but will not enter the field until the New Year.
The statement reads: This afternoon, Michael Kingsley underwent surgery for the fractured left fibula that occurred during the Udinese game against Bologna.
The operation performed by Dr Roberto Bevoni and his team at the Bentivoglio hospital was perfectly successful.
The player will have a few days of hospitalization and then begin the rehabilitation process. The expected recovery time is four months.
The injury is a blow to Kingsley, who reportedly dreamed of making his way to the Super Eagles squad at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in January.
The former Golden Eaglets star was a member of the Victor Osimhen-inspired Nigerian national cadet team that won the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Kingsley rose to Super Eagles level in September when, in his debut, he played brilliantly to help Nigeria secure a 2-1 victory over Cape Verde in a World Cup qualifier.
Head coach Gernot Rohr, who cannot call on many Nigerian central midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, will have to continue planning for Cameroon 2022 without Kingsley.
Kingsley’s injury also comes after it was announced that Oghenekaro Etebo would likely miss the competition with an injury that would keep him out for five months.
The Super Eagles are among the favorites to win the Continental Championship, having sailed through their qualifying series without losing a game.