Injury rules Nigeria's Yobo out of Nations Cup

BENGUELA, Angola, Jan 17, 2010 (AFP) - Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo was on Sunday ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations after suffering a hamstring injury which will sideline him for at least two weeks.

Imorou Emmanuel (C) of Benin vies for the ball with Nigerian players Echiejile Elderson (L) and Yobo Michael (R) during their group C stage match at the African Cup of Nations 2010 in Benguela on January 16, 2010. AFP PHOTO

According to the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Everton player tore his hamstring while challenging Benin striker Razak Omotoyossi in the 52nd minute of their Group C 1-0 win here on Saturday.

Yobo, who will undergo a scan on the injury on Monday, could be allowed to return to England for treatment.

Nigeria, second in Group C with three points from two matches, face Mozambique in Lubango in their final group game.

Group leaders Egypt, with six points, have already booked their place in the last eight.

Source: AFP

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