Real Sociedad striker, Umar Sadiq has released a statement via his Instagram account clarifying his exit from the Super Eagles squad a few days before the start of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Sadiq was suspected to have picked up a knee injury in Nigeria’s friendly clash with Guinea before the start of AFCON.

Upon proper examination by the Nigerian medical team, a decision was reached that the 26-year-old would not be fit enough for AFCON and was replaced by Terem Moffi.

Not long after Sadiq left the camp, he was seen back in training with Real Sociedad.

However, in a lengthy post on Instagram on Friday, Sadiq insisted he was assessed by Real Sociedad’s medical team and it was discovered that he had suffered a bruise and not a knee injury.

“Representing Nigeria is always my priority; I will never take it for granted,” Sadiq said.

“During the friendly match against Guinea, I experienced a significant impact from two Guinean defenders, leading to a penalty in favour of Nigeria.

“Despite the medical team recommending substitution for preventive measures, I insisted on continuing to play and completed the game. The following day, my knee swelled.

“The Super Eagles’ medical team conducted a thorough examination, revealing a meniscus injury.

“Consequently, the manager decided to replace me based on the medical assessment, considering uncertainties about my fitness for the AFCON.

“Upon returning to my club and undergoing thorough examinations, the medical team revealed that I had only suffered a bruise, and as a result, I was cleared to resume training.”

AFCON: Why I withdrew from Super Eagles squad – Real Sociedad striker, Umar Sadiq

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