Torino’s Super Eagles midfielder, Joel Obi, faced a setback as he missed the team’s challenging 3-0 defeat against AS Roma in Friday’s Italian Serie A encounter at the Olimpico Stadium. The absence of the 26-year-old Nigerian international, who recently received a call-up from coach Gernot Rohr for the upcoming international friendlies against Poland and Serbia, was attributed to an injury.
The match unfolded with Roma securing the win through second-half goals from Kostas Manolas, Danieli De Rossi, and Lorenzo Pellegrini, allowing them to maintain their hold on the third position in the Serie A table with 56 points from 28 games. Meanwhile, Torino remains situated in the ninth position.
Obi’s potential return to the Super Eagles for the forthcoming friendlies in Warsaw and London now hinges on his swift recovery from the reported injury. His inclusion in the national team marks a significant comeback, as he missed the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Despite the setback, Obi has displayed commendable form in Serie A this season, contributing four goals and two assists in 18 appearances for Torino. The midfielder’s recovery progress will be closely monitored in anticipation of his participation in the crucial international fixtures against Poland and Serbia.