Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi’s season has come to an unfortunate halt following a thigh injury, ruling him out for the remaining games, as reported by prominent Belgian football expert John Chapman. The 20-year-old, a former Golden Eaglets standout, is on loan from English Premier League side Liverpool to Royal Excel Mouscron, and his absence will be keenly felt in the Belgian First Division A Europa League play-off matches.
Chapman conveyed the news via his Twitter handle @BelgoFoot, stating, “Taiwo Awoniyi, Mouscron’s Nigerian striker on loan from Liverpool will miss the rest of the season due to thigh injury. #lfc.” Awoniyi had made a significant impact in the Belgian play-offs, scoring twice in four games for Royal Excel Mouscron before this setback.
The Liverpool loanee has been a key contributor this season, notching 10 goals and providing seven assists in 31 appearances. Unfortunately, Awoniyi has been sidelined for Mouscron’s recent fixtures, with his last game on April 8 resulting in a 2-1 victory against Kortrijk, where he also found the back of the net.
Royal Excel Mouscron, facing the challenge of Awoniyi’s absence, is set to play Leuven in their upcoming game on Saturday. Additionally, the Nigerian striker has been the subject of transfer speculation, with potential moves to Club Brugge and Anderlecht being linked once his loan deal concludes. The setback is undoubtedly a blow to both Awoniyi and Mouscron, impacting their ambitions in the ongoing season.