The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that PAOK of Greece midfielder Anderson Esiti will replace injured Wilfred Ndidi in the September 10 international friendly encounter with Ukraine slated for the Dnipro Arena, Kyiv.
The NFF also stated in a tweet that the Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr has extended invitation to Bryan Idowu increasing the number of players invited for the friendly to 24.
”Coach Gernot Rohr has called up @PAOK_FC of Greece Midfielder Anderson Esiti as replacement for injured @Ndidi25. Bryan Idowu has also been added to the list to make it 24 players for Ukraine friendly,” reads a Tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday afternoon.
Ndidi picked up an hamstring injury in Leicester City’s penultimate Premier League game against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge where he netted the Foxes’ equalising goal.
He missed out on the club’s 2-1 away win at Sheffield United last weekend and is expected to spent few weeks on the sidelines to recover fully from the injury.
His replacement, Esiti has featured twice for the Super Eagles in the past.
The 25-year-old joined Greek champions, PAOK from Belgian outfit, KAA Gent last month and has already established himself as a key member of the side.
Idowu, who plays for Russian club, Locomotiv Moscow is making a return to the squad after over a year and there is possibility of him tying down a permanent shirt in the team barring loss of form.