Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi was rushed to a hospital in Abuja on Tuesday, after he suffered from food poisoning. Buzz Nigeria Sports gathered that the 19-year-old youngster suffered the attack after he ate a meal of salad with the rest of the squad at the training base in Abuja.
Coach Samson Siasia who confirmed the news on Tuesday in a press conference, said he was not able to train with the rest of the Super Eagles squad on Tuesday morning but that his condition was stable.
“He (Iwobi) suffered from food poisoning and so was not part of the training. But his condition is stable.”
He is expected to return to training with his team-mates in the capital city, Abuja, on Tuesday ahead of this week’s vital African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt.
Super Eagles’ Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye also confirmed Iwobi’s condition was stable and that he was fit to resume training with other team members.
“Alex Iwobi is doing better, he had a bit of diarrhoea due to a change of food and environment, but he should train with the squad [on Tuesday] evening at 17.00.”
The Arsenal midfielder who started at Camp Nou against Barcelona last week and then scored his first Premier League goal in the win over Everton at the weekend, has previously played two friendly matches for Nigeria but is yet to play an official game since he switched his international allegiance.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Mostafa Fathi will not be playing in the match against Nigeria in Kaduna owing to abdominal muscle injury.
The Zamalek whiz had started to feel the pain on the team bus prior to training and was excluded from the session as the team reached Al Haddaf pitch in 6th of October City.
Though he took a fitness test on Tuesday evening, Fathi will not play in the Pharaoh’s crunch tie against the Super Eagles at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium. Coach Héctor Cúper is expected to call up a late replacement with Al Ahly’s Momen Zakaria likely to be handed an invite.