According to team Super Eagles spokesman Ben Alaiya, “Yobo has been ruled out of the all the June matches as his club has confirmed he will be sidelined for at least a month,”
Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has moved swiftly to name replacements for Nigeria’s most experienced central defender, namely South Africa-based Gege Soriola, Papa Idris and Godfrey Oboabona.
“Gege Soriola, was splendid for Free State Stars in the South African league, Geodfrey Oboabona, plays that role regularly for Sunshine Stars, but we use him here as a full back and he can easily revert to that,” said Keshi.
“Then we have Kano Pillars Papa Idris, who has been in excellent form for club and country. So, we must not fret, we have the players to hold down the position until Yobo returns.”
Yobo’s absence is a massive blow to Nigeria because he has been one of the most consistent performers for the national and has been a big source of inspiration for the new team Keshi has been building since he took charge in November.
Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is now most likely to captain Nigeria for the qualifiers in the absence of Yobo.