Newly appointed Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr had his first training session with the Nigeria senior national team yesterday evening, without the England based duo of John Obi Mikel and Kelechi Iheanacho.
The duo were talked to separately by the German trainer before the start of training, and they were both left out as they had individual sessions with the team masseur and physiotherapist.
No reason was given for their exemption but Owngoalnigeria.com gathered, Rohr possibly exempted Iheanacho from his first session to allow him time with the masseur due to the muscle injury he recently recovered from.
Meanwhile, Mikel who started jogging with the team before a chatwoth the coach saw him leave the training for a session with the Physioterapist could be nursing a slight knock picked up at the Olympics.
The duo are as good as been ruled out of today’s friendly game against Akwa United which will take place by 5pm at the nest of champions in Uyo, venue of the dead rubber AFCON 2017 qualifiers game against Tanzania.