In a potential setback for Spanish club Las Palmas, Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Peter Etebo is facing doubts over his availability for Saturday’s LaLiga encounter against Eibar at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, as reported by Completesportsnigeria.com. The concern arises from Etebo’s absence during Tuesday’s training session, attributed to a lingering muscle issue, according to an official statement on Las Palmas’ website.
The statement clarified, “Peter Etebo did not participate in the team’s afternoon training due to muscle discomfort. He has undergone physiotherapy treatments by the medical and recovery services of the club.” Additionally, the precautionary absence of Etebo from the evening training session, which was tailored towards preparations for the upcoming away fixture at Ipurua, was underscored.
Etebo, a former Warri Wolves player, recently featured for the full 90 minutes in Las Palmas’ last league fixture, a 1-0 home defeat against Getafe. Having joined Las Palmas on loan in January from Portuguese club CD Feirense, Etebo is now part of the roster of Nigerian players grappling with injuries in the lead-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Joining the likes of Wilfred Ndidi and Tyronne Ebuehi, who are currently sidelined, Etebo’s uncertain status adds to the fitness concerns of the Nigerian squad. Meanwhile, there is a glimmer of hope for Las Palmas, with centre-back Leon Balogun and Henry Onyekuru recently making successful recoveries from their respective injuries. The collective fitness of the Nigerian contingent remains a focal point as they strive to regain full strength ahead of the World Cup.