Joe Aribo missing from Nigeria duty, Gernot Rohr fails to explain absence

Rangers star Joe Aribo was made unavailable for international duty with Nigeria this week after his spellbinding season at Ibrox.

Gernot Rohr confirmed that the playmaker was missing from the training camp, along with numerous other players, leaving him with a huge headache.

All Nigeria Soccer shared the update, and even labelled Aribo as “untouchable” for the Super Eagles, despite only having seven caps.

Speaking to the media before two games with Cameroon during the summer, Rohr reeled off the long list of players that were unavailable.

“We have sixteen players who could not come,” he said.

“All these defenders – five central defenders – with two defensive midfielders Aribo, Onyeka. It was a different camping but we have some experience now, we are interested in the new players what they can do in this match tomorrow against Cameroon.”

Missing.

Aribo was unable to travel to the latest Nigerian training camp, and we’re guessing that he has been given a rest after the gruelling Scottish Premiership campaign.

The 24-year-old actually managed to start 23 games with three substitute appearances in the league alone, as he also shined in Europe, too.

With the games against Cameroon only two friendlies, it appears as though there wasn’t a desperate need for some of the star men of the country to turn up.

Aribo has become somewhat of a mainstay under Kohr, especially after finding the back of the net twice in his opening two appearances for his country.

We hope he is simply being rested, rather than anything to do with COVID-19 or a long-standing injury that could affect his recovery this summer.

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