Leicester City midfielder Wilfried Ndidi continues to train away from the squad as Nigeria trained for the first time in London ahead of Saturday’s friendly with England.
The Super Eagles arrived the England capital late on Wednesday night after spending ten days in Nigeria in their buildup to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia which gets underway on June 14 in Moscow.
Wednesday’s late arrival meant that Gernot Rohr’s side would have just two training sessions ahead of their much publicised friendly at The Wembley Stadium and the team were at The Hive in Barnet, venue of their 2-0 loss to Serbia in March to train for the first time in Europe.
Chelsea star Victor Moses who joined the team on arrival in London trained fully with the squad on Thursday but his namesake Moses Simon did not take part at all in the session, having a scan on his controversial injury at the Barnet FC medical facility.
All other players took part in the gruelling sessions with the exclusion of Ndidi who was separated from the group after their initial warm-up to continue his specialised programme on his way to recovery from a hamstring injury.
To Recap: After initial warm up with the team Wilfred Ndidi trained alone. He had a bit of physio on the sideline on that hamstring. Will be a surprise if he plays vs England.
Moses Simon arrived with the team BUT did NOT train. Went in to have a scan with at the..
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Highlight of Thursday’s training was a brilliant team goal on a counterattack by centre back Leon Balogun who continued his move following a breakaway before finishing Alex Iwobi’s pass.
The West Africans will train on Friday inside the mainbowl of The Wembley Stadium, venue of Saturday’s encounter. Results of the scans on Moses Simon are expected to have been released before then while Ndidi should train with the rest of the squad for the first time since the start of the pre-World Cup camping.
Nigeria will face Croatia in their Group D opener at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 16 in Kaliningrad while England face Tunisia on June 18 in Volgograd.
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