Mikel missing again from Nigeria squad for Libya games

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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr on Monday announced his squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations double-header against Libya but there was no place again for captain John Obi Mikel.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who plays for Chinese club Tianjin, missed last month’s match against Seychelles as he had only just resumed training after injury.

Udinese defender William Troost Ekong and Moses Simon, who also missed the match against Seychelles through injury, as well as Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, who was ill, have returned.

Watford striker Isaac Success is the only fresh call-up from last month’s invitees.

Nigeria host the first leg in the southeastern city of Uyo on Saturday, October 13, with the return leg in Tunisia on Tuesday, October 16.

The full squad:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Elche FC/SPA), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United/RSA)

Defenders: Ola Aina (Torino FC/ITA), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC/TUR), Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United/ENG), Brian Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto/POR), William Ekong (Udinese FC/TA), Leon Balogun (Brighton and Hove Albion/ENG), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes/SPA), Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07/GER)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC/TUR), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City/ENG), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC/ENG), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva/ISR)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr FC/KSA), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City/ENG), Moses Simon (Levante FC/SPA), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK/TUR), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai/CHN), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal/ENG), Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux/FRA), Isaac Success (Watford/ENG)