Girondins-Bordeaux of France winger, Samuel Kalu could be aiming at his club’s last three matches of the Ligue 1 season, against Lille Metropole, Reims and Caen, in order to prove his fitness for Nigeria’s campaign at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The former KAA Gent of Belgium youngster has been out of action since copping a hamstring injury in March, which kept him out of Bordeaux’s last seven matches, including Saturday’s 1-0 loss at home against Angers.
However, Kalu resumed individual training last week, with the strong possibility of rejoining the squad this week, and Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr enthused that the lad would still be able to make Nigeria’s list to AFCON 2019 next month.
However, Rohr admits Kalu will need to get back into top shape in order to make the Eagles’ final roster to Egypt, hence the gaffer’s verdict that Bordeaux’s last three matches of the season will determine the lad’s fate.
Nonetheless, Rohr hinted that Kalu will be included in the Eagles’ list of invitees to resume camp in Asaba on June 2, especailly as he says team captain, John Mikel Obi and others are all rallying round the player.
Rohr disclosed: ”I have news regularly, I am very close to him since this problem.
“We tried to support him, we took advice from Obi Mikel. There is a lot of solidarity.
”He has resumed training. I hope he can be fit and play two or three matches before joining us.”