Troost-Ekong: Omitted Super Eagles captain declares fitness ahead of crunch World Cup qualifiers

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Super Eagles captain William Troost-Ekong has declared himself fit after being left out the squad that will take on South Africa and Benin in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next week.

The 30-year-old suffered a muscle injury while on duty at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and played through with it as Nigeria reached the final but lost to the Ivory Coast.

Troost-Ekong required surgery after the tournament and was ruled out for the rest of season and expected to be sidelined for up to fourth months.

The PAOK Thessaloniki defender however revealed he was back to fitness in less time and declared his readiness to play for the team if needed during the upcoming qualifiers.

“They predicted it would take three to four months for me to come back, I came back in nine weeks,” Troost-Ekong said at a media event in Lagos.

“I am fit now, so if anything happens to the current squad [Super Eagles], Finidi George has my full support. But I can thank God that I am back fit again.”

Super Eagles coach Finidi has seen Victor Osimhen and Nathan Tella withdraw from the squad due to injury and family reasons respectively and have been replaced by Kenneth Igboke and Ibrahim Olawoyin.

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