Nigeria striker Umar Sadiq is a major doubt for the Super Eagles friendly match with Algeria this month following an injury in Sunday’s La Liga clash between Real Sociedad and Getafe, Abbeylivenetwork.com reports.
Sadiq was handed his first La Liga start for Sociedad but he could only last 38 minutes as he limped off injured after sustaining a knock.
The striker was assisted off the pitch with Sociedad later confirming that the player could not continue due to a twisted knee.
His injury is a blow for Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro ahead of his side’s clash against Algeria. His absence could also scuttle Jose Peseiro’s plans for the September 27 friendly match against Algeria in Oran.
ℹ️ Sadiq se ha retirado por una torsión en la rodilla derecha.#AurreraReala pic.twitter.com/3kUFQeagdL
— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) September 11, 2022
Before now, ABBEYLIVENETWORK had reported the devastating injury blows that have knocked out the trio of Jamilu Collins, Akinkunmi Amoo and Samson Tijiani for the rest of the season.
The Super Eagles striker had not managed a shot but had a 100 percent passing accuracy after all his five passes found its targets while he had only 12 touches of the ball.
Sadiq had announced himself to the Sociedad fans in emphatic style last week when he came off the bench to score the equaliser just 10 minutes after his introduction as they held Atletico Madrid 1-1.
He created problems for the Atletico defence with his movement, physicality and height while his ability to drop deeper allowed his teammates to get more space in the box, traits his new side were hoping to reap from on Sunday before the setback.
The 25-year-old former Almeria striker, who has seven caps and one goal for the Super Eagles, made his European debut in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the Europa League.