Dennis and Osimhen out Nigeria squad

Dennis and Osimhen out Nigeria squad

Dennis and Osimhen out Nigeria squad

Dennis and Osimhen out Nigeria squad

Dennis and Osimhen out Nigeria squad

Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis and fellow striker Victor Osimhen have both

dropped out of Nigeria’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Hornets have reportedly refused to release Dennis, who has scored

eight Premier League goals this season.

A Nigeria Football Federation statement said Dennis had been excused
because Watford were “baring fangs”.

Osimhen has been ruled out following a positive Covid-19 test and is still

recovering from facial fractures.

The injury in November was expected to rule the Napoli frontman, 23, out of

the tournament, which starts on 9 January in Cameroon.

Dennis, 24, will now be available for Watford’s league games against fellow

strugglers Newcastle and Norwich, as well as their FA Cup third round tie at

Leicester City on 8 January.

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri said: “I knew the board and Nigerian

board were speaking.

I accept every decision they find and that for me is finished.”

“Of course he wanted to go to play but he also wanted to help Watford.”

Dennis and Osimhen have been replaced by Sparta Prague striker Peter

Olayinka and Olympiakos forward Henry Onyekuru, while the Super Eagles

have also been forced to make two changes in defence.

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