Nigeria's latest 'oyinbo wall' debut in doubt after Osho knock against Eagles

Nigeria's Gabriel Osho and Ghana's Jordan Ayew already prepping for the jollof war in Morocco. (Photo Credit: Imago)

Nigeria's latest 'oyinbo wall' debut in doubt after Osho knock against Eagles

Izuchukwu Akawor 07:33 - 10.03.2024

Gabriel Osho could miss Nigeria's matches against Ghana and Mali after he was subbed off against Crystal Palace.

Nigeria's newest Super Eagle Gabriel Osho faces an anxious wait to see if he'll be able to make his international debut this month after suffering an injury setback with Luton Town.

The 25-year-old defender was handed his maiden call-up to the Super Eagles squad for the friendlies against Ghana and Mali in Morocco later this March, Pulse Sports Nigeria can report.

Osho doubt for Super Eagles

However, barely 24 hours after his name was announced, Osho's dreams of pulling on the famous green and white jersey were thrown into doubt.

The Anglo-Nigerian had to be withdrawn in the 81st minute of Luton's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday after appearing to pick up a knock.

Gabriel Osho could miss out on his debut for Nigeria's Super Eagles.
Gabriel Osho against Ghana's Jordan Ayew at Selhurst Park. (Photo Credit: Imago)

It made for a bittersweet occasion at Selhurst Park, with the Hatters recovering from a goal down to claim a hard-earned point, but potentially at the cost of Osho's international debut.

Osho was one of just two new faces named in Nigeria’s 26-man squad, along with Tanzania-based Benjamin Tianimu, as the Super Eagles began building for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Osho was one of two new faces in the Super Eagles 26-man squad.
Gabriel Osho celebrates for Luton in the PL. (Photo Credit: Luton/X)

The pair had been called up to provide cover in defence with first-choice options William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina and Zaidu Sanusi all ruled out through injury.

But Osho now faces a nervous wait to discover the extent of the problem that forced him off against Palace, and whether it could scupper his hopes of linking up with Nigeria for the first time later this month.

Osho is in line to replace the injured William Troost-Ekong.
Gabriel Osho was subbed off in the 81st minute against Crystal Palace. (Photo Credit: Imago)

It would be a cruel blow for the former Reading man, who has been a revelation since joining Luton in 2021, making 16 appearances and scoring two goals in their first Premier League season.

For the Eagles and the Nigerian coaching staff, they will be hoping Osho's setback proves to be nothing more than a minor scare.

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The last thing they need is another defensive headache ahead of two challenging tests against West African rivals Ghana and Mali in Marrakech.

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