In a stunning turn of events, Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru showcased his triumphant return to the pitch, providing a significant boost for Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign. The 20-year-old, who had been sidelined for 17 weeks and three days due to an intraarticular ligament injury, made a stellar comeback as he found a place among the substitutes in Anderlecht’s pivotal 2-1 victory over Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League Play-off on Sunday.
Onyekuru’s resilience has been nothing short of extraordinary, considering the initial concerns that his injury might dash his hopes of joining Nigeria’s World Cup squad. Prior to the setback, he had exhibited his prowess with nine league goals in 19 appearances, making his recovery a beacon of hope for both Anderlecht and the national team.
The young forward, an unused substitute in Anderlecht’s recent triumph, diligently worked his way back to full fitness by engaging in reserve matches after returning to training. The inclusion of Onyekuru on the bench for such a crucial encounter underscores the faith placed in his abilities by manager Gernot Rohr.
The match itself proved to be a gripping spectacle as Lukasz Teodorczyk opened the scoring for Anderlecht in the 58th minute, followed by Ryota Morioka sealing the victory with a goal 10 minutes from time. Although Abdoulaye Diaby managed to pull one back for Club Brugge in additional time, Anderlecht’s overall performance and Onyekuru’s return stole the spotlight in this thrilling Belgian Pro League showdown.