On loan Hoffenheim defender Kevin Akpoguma is set to miss the rest of the season in Germany after picking up a serious injury while turning out for his loan side Fortuna Dusseldorf who were thrashed 1-3 at home by St. Pauli.
Akpoguma was stretchered off five minutes into the game after a collision with St. Pauli Bernd Nehrig, and after the game he was reported to have suffered a fracture in his cervical vertebra which will sideline him for at least one month.
Known for his tough tackling, he is expected to return to Hoffenheim when his loan deal expires in the summer. A move which now depend on how quick he recovers from this latest setback.
His international future might also be decided in the future as he has been approached by Nigeria to switch allegiance from Germany, where he is a full fledged youth international.
Akpoguma will reportedly decide his international future in the summer, despite all efforts by the German coach of the Nigerian team Gernot Rohr to have him earlier.