The list of absentees for the Super Eagles friendly clash with Mali and Luxembourg keeps increasing with the latest casualty being West Ham’s Victor Moses.
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Media officer Toyin Ibitoye told Goal.com that the on loan attacker requested to be excused following injuries suffered from the just concluded English Premier League season.
Ibitoye also revealed that there would be no replacement for the forward.
He also confirmed that Aaron Samuel will be missing the game due to injury while defender William Troost-Ekong will be involved in a cup final but will be avaliable for the Luxemborg game.
He said: “He [Moses] wrote to complain about fitness, some few knocks he picked towards the end of the season and he wants to be excused.
“As a professional, fitness issues should be taken very seriously. His wish has been granted and since it is a friendly match, we have other players available. There is nothing to worry about because this will be a chance for them to prove their worth.
“Aaron [Samuel] too will be out because he picked up an injury while playing for his club in a cup final. It is a big miss because he is a very good player.
“For William Troost-Ekong, he is involved in a cup final in Norway but he will join the team after the game for the second friendly game against Luxemborg.”
There also a call up for Micheal Babatunde who replaces the absent John Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa who will be playing in Joseph Yobo’s testimonial.
He added: “Babatunde Michael was called up after Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa were excused for Joseph Yobo testimonial. So there won’t be any replacement because we have a good number of players to work with.”
Meanwhile, the squad has traveled to France ahead of the friendly games despite issues as regards obtaining visas.
The Super Eagles take on Mali at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen on Friday May 27, before traveling to Luxembourg City on Saturday, ahead of the game with Luxembourg at the Josy Barthel Stadium on Tuesday May 31.