AFCON 2023: Awoniyi out of showpiece following surgery


Ahead of the 2023 African Cup of Nations, Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, is expected to be ruled out of the forthcoming showpiece after undergoing a surgery.

Awoniyi is to undergo a surgery to correct a groin injury he picked up during the international break.

This is according to Nottingham Forest boss, Steve Cooper, who confirmed the news in a statement.

Cooper disclosed that the striker will be out for “months” effectively ruling him out of the African showpiece that starts in January 2024 in Ivory Coast.

He said, “We’ll definitely see him again this season, but it’s groin surgery so it will take a little while”

“It’s bad news on Taiwo, he’s had to have surgery and he is going to be out for months,”

“We’ll support him and try to get him back as quick and as fit as he can be, but it’s a really unfortunate situation and a blow for him.

“He’s become an important player for us with the goals he’s scored. He’s such a good guy and a good professional who is desperate to do well, so to get an injury like this is harsh on him.

“We’ve got to support him through the process of coming back stronger,” Cooper said.

The 26-year-old has scored four goals in 10 Premier League appearances for Forest this season. And he was also pivotal in the Eagles’ qualification for the tournament.

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