By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi handed Gernot Rohr a major boost ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon after he featured in Tianjin Teda's 2-0 defeat at home to Hebei CFFC in the Chinese Super League on Monday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
A goal in each half from Ezequiel Lavezzi condemned Tianjin Teda to their 12th defeat of the season. Tianjin Teda have also failed to win in their last nine games in the CSL.
Mikel had been sidelined by injury for the past four months but played the whole duration of his side's defeat on Monday.
The defeat dragged Tianjin Teda into the relegation zone with nine games left to play to end the season.
Prior to his return, the 30-year-old's last game for Tianjin Teda was in their 2-0 victory over Chongqing Lifan in April in the Chinese Super League.
They remain second from bottom of the table on 15 points, just a point ahead of rock-bottom Yanbian Funde.
Mikel has made four appearances for Tianjin Teda and has scored one goal.