Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, will have a big relieve ahead of the team’s crucial Russia 2018 FIFA world cup qualifying clash against Cameroon, as his captain, John Obi Mikel, returned to action for his Chinese club, Tianjin Teda, yesterday.
Mikel has been out of action for his club and country for over three months, after undergoing a successful surgery in London for an abdominal injury.
With his return, the former Chelsea star may be fit for national team action, and ready to lead the Super Eagles squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon on September 1 in Uyo, as well as the return leg on September 4 in Younde..
His last league game for Tianjin Teda was on April 4 at home against Chongging Dangdai Lifan, which his club won 2-0.
However, in his absence Tianjin Teda have struggled big time and they are now second from bottom of the table with 15 points from 20 matches.
The Nigerian captain played the entire 90 minutes, but his club sunk to their 13th loss of the season, losing 0-2 to Hebei CFFC. .
It was only the fourth league appearance of the 30-year-old midfielder since his big-money move from Chelsea, and his struggling side remains second from bottom of the table on 15 points, just a point ahead of rock-bottom, Yanbian Funde.