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EXCLUSIVE – Ndidi: I’m Fit And Ready For World Cup

EXCLUSIVE – Ndidi: I’m Fit And Ready For World Cup

By Kayode Ogundare in Uyo:

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has allayed the fears of Nigeria football fans over his fitness and assured that he is ready to don the green and white of Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


In an exclusive interview, Ndidi told Completesportsnigeria.com that the injury, sustained in his Premier League club Leicester City’s game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on April 28, was blown out of proportion probably due to lack of information from him and the medical team.

“The truth about the injury I suffered against Crystal Palace was that for 24 hours after the game, we were not quite sure of the severity as we were waiting for Monday to do a scan,” Ndidi told CSN in Uyo where the Eagles have begun the first phase of their preparation for the World Cup.

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 “Because there was no medical update, we kept quiet about the injury and I guess that was what people capitalized on to insinuate all sorts of things. After the first test revealed a hamstring strain, I was asked to do another one to confirm the extent of the injury and for the doctors to determine for how long I would be out for. They told me I would be out for only a few days and then I would  need to recuperate with everything not more than few weeks but certainly not the six weeks that I read in the papers.”

Ndidi also revealed that throughout the period of his lay-off, the medical team of the national team was carried along with adequate information about his condition.

“All through the period, the medical team of Leicester City and those of the Super Eagles were in constant communication and I believe if I’m not fit to play I wouldn’t have been cleared by Leicester to come to camp,” he told CSN.

Russia 2018 will be the highly-rated youngster’s first tournament with Nigeria after breaking into the Super Eagles squad in 2016. A former Flying Eagles defender, Ndidi currently has 15 caps for the senior side.

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  • Good news.
    The injury also allowed him to rest after a long season.
    Playing one of the most demanding role in a team, week in week out is not a mean feat.
    Hopefully we will see the same commitment also in the Super eagles shirt.

  • Bestsports. 4 years ago

    We all want to see Ajiboye against congo DR because we want to observe him openly. Ajiboye was as well a European based goalkeeper too. Play him and he could become number one. Or finally drop him FOREVER. Musa Mohammed, kelechi and his brother and usman are worthy of invite in d real SENSE.

  • Djeniko 4 years ago

    I just hope Ndidi is telling the truth and it is not the talk of someone’s strong desire to be at the WC. We were told 6weeks broken down like this: 4weeks to heal and 2weeks to get to fitness. This one Ndidi Wilfred is saying is good news but I am a bit suspicious of everything, just a bit. Ndidi is one player who was there throughout the qualifying stages and so it will be good to take him to the WC and hope he will able to play despite the injury. If this injury saga was about Agu, Ogu, Victor Simon, or any not too regular player, that would have been the end of his WC dreams. Meanwhile Ndidi should take it easy not to disturb the healing process.

    • tonibekwe 4 years ago

      I agree with you totally. I hope he is not ‘packaging’ himself to enable to be at WC thereafter make up the number on the grounds of the injury. Otherwise he is a committed super eagle.

    • luomo 4 years ago

      lets even agree it will take him 6wks to get to fitness…he will still be fit in time for the world cup that is still 3wks away and this is about the 5th week of his rehabilitation…he is one of our vital players, we need him so badly at the Mundial especially considering the kind of midfield our opponents will be parading

  • Leonard Ojiebun 4 years ago

    Ndidi is a barrack boy,born and brought up in ikeja military cantonment lagos,where we play football on stones and brocken bottles,you can go and check that fact out yourself,he’s known to be rugged and and very strong and like’s telling the truth as well;he committed to this great country Nigeria,so let’s trust his words.

    • Jones 4 years ago

      Guy why you dry lie? How can you play ball with stones and broken bottles. Please desist from lying. 

      • K baba 4 years ago

        lmaoo.i no sure e go still get legs to play if he really played on broken bottles. loool


  • Luckyman 4 years ago

    He must have played on fire too. Lol.

    • He Leonard Ojiebun was using idiomatic expressions. He meant that Ndidi is not the vegetable type of player, injury prone, e.g Arsenal, Jack Wilshere.