Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi suffers food poisoning

Published On 22/03/2016 | By AFS Staff | AFCON, Africa, Latest News, Nigeria, Premier League, Top Stories

Arsenal’s Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi has been forced out of training with Nigeria after suffering from food poisoning, Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has confirmed.

Iwobi, 19, was struck down after eating a salad with the rest of the squad at the training base in Abuja reports MTN Football and later confirmed by coach Samson Siasia.

“He suffered from food poisoning and so was not part of the training,” Siasia told a news conference. “But his condition is stable.”

Iwobi has played two friendlies for Nigeria, having come through the youth ranks with England, and was expected to make his first competitive appearance for the country of his birth in an African Nations Cup qualifier against Egypt on Friday.

That would have meant Iwobi’s international allegiance was pledged to Nigeria, with reports on Monday that England had tried to get the player to commit to them.

Iwobi joined up with the Super Eagles squad after scoring on his first Premier League start for the Gunners on Saturday but his participation in Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt on Friday night now looks unlikely.

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