Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins, currently playing for the Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua, is slated for surgery in the United Kingdom to address a ruptured quadriceps tendon. The injury occurred during an Asian Champions League game against Kashima Antlers, which culminated in a 2-2 draw.
A tweet from a Shanghai Shenhua official account conveyed Martins’ impending trip for surgery, accompanied by a photo featuring the former Newcastle United and Birmingham City star in a wheelchair, surrounded by his teammates at the airport. The 33-year-old took to Instagram, expressing gratitude to his teammates at Shanghai Shenhua for their supportive messages during this challenging period.
“Thanks for the love, see you guys soon. One love, keep the fighting spirit @shanghaishenhua,” Martins conveyed in a heartfelt message beneath a video posted on his Instagram page.
The duration of Martins’ absence from the field is estimated to extend up to seven months, as outlined on the club’s official website. This unfortunate setback disrupts Martins’ participation in competitions, including his aspirations of representing Nigeria in the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Martins had shown commendable form this season, scoring four goals in seven appearances across various competitions before succumbing to this injury. However, the road to the World Cup now appears closed for the striker due to the severity of his injury and the subsequent recovery timeline.
This development not only impacts Shanghai Shenhua but also casts a shadow over Martins’ personal ambitions on the international stage. The upcoming surgery and rehabilitation period signify a substantial hiatus for the experienced striker, posing a significant challenge to his immediate sporting future.