The winger, who played a key role in Nigeria’s qualification for the tournament, has been struggling with an injury and sat out the team’s training in Port Harcourt on Sunday as they prepared for Monday’s pre-World Cup friendly against the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Moses Simon will not be travelling with the team on Tuesday because he’s injured,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr told reporters in Port Harcourt after the team’s training session.
“The nature of his injury is such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup.
“It’s really unfortunate but he remains in my future plans.”
Camp sources also confirmed to CSN that Simon is not going to be fit in time to make the World Cup squad.
The team will then head off to Austria where they have a training camp and play a friendly with Czech Republic, before going to Russia for the World Cup.
The Super Eagles are in Group D at the World Cup with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.