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Despite the hurt, the German tactician feels the Super Eagles captain can play a part against La Albiceleste on Tuesday evening
Gernot Rohr remains positive John Obi Mikel will play against Argentina despite confirming the Tianjin Teda midfielder suffered fractured metacarpal against Iceland.
Mikel was hurt in the 2-0 victory at Volgograd Arena and played the latter part of the make or drop clash in pains.
Speaking to Super Eagles TV, the German refused to rule the 31-year-old out of the crunch tie against Jorge Sampaoli’s men while disclosing that his team looks set.
“Unfortunately there is one injury. We have the captain who has a fracture of the metacarpal, but I think he can play with a cast,” said Rohr.
“So, the medical team is working on him.
“We are now preparing for our next game against Argentina. We’re focused on this game and we’ll do all to prepare this team in the best way possible.”
The three-time African kings landed in St. Petersburg on Sunday evening, and they will train on Monday at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
Nigeria are on the periphery of elimination after two games and must avoid defeat against La Albiceleste to progress to the Round of 16.