Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi has significantly improved his chances of securing a spot in the country’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad in Russia by making a successful return from injury. Obi was back in action for Torino, featuring on the bench in their 2-1 victory against SPAL during a Serie A fixture on Sunday.
Obi had been sidelined due to injury, raising concerns about his availability for the World Cup. His return to the squad is a positive development for both Torino and the Nigerian national team. The former Inter Milan player had missed Torino’s previous three league games, leading to doubts about his readiness for the upcoming tournament in Russia.
The midfielder’s last appearance for Torino was in their 1-1 draw against AC Milan on April 18, where he came on as a substitute in the 57th minute for Tomas Rincon. Despite the injury setback, Obi has been a key player for Torino this season, featuring in 22 league games and contributing five goals.
In the recent victory against SPAL, Torino displayed resilience by overturning an early deficit. Alberto Grassi had given SPAL the lead in the 22nd minute, but Torino responded with goals from Andrea Belotti and Lorenzo Silvestri to secure the crucial win. Obi’s return adds depth to Torino’s midfield and provides a timely boost for Nigeria as they prepare for the World Cup.