Nigeria international Odion Ighalo was left out of Watford squad that defeated Leeds United 3-2 loss at Elland Road on Saturday due to a hamstring injury according to the club’s official website.
The Nigerian forward who has stated in clear terms that he will not allow himself to be distracted by talk of an international call-up from Nigeria was rested as a precautionary measure.
The 25-year-old is the English Championship’s second top scorer with 17 goals and has scored 13 goals in 2015 alone – the highest in English football.
His 13 goals this year include four against Blackpool and two apiece against Charlton, Brentford and Rotherham.
“The truth is that i would love to play for my country, but at the moment, all I want to do is play football for Watford,” he told BBC Sport.
“It’s my professional career and I have to keep working at it every day.
“I know if I keep playing well and training well, it will be communicated back to the selectors at home”.
“I just have to keep my head down and keep working because focusing on things like an international call-up could well shift my focus.
“Whatever anyone says, I only want to concentrate on myself. If I get a call-up great, if not, I will still concentrate on my football with Watford.”Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN