Super Falcons’ Asisat Oshoala down with knee injury

Nigeria and Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala says her knee injury during a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim is ‘a tough pill to swallow’.

Oshoala, 27, suffered a rupture of the posterior cruciate ligament in her right knee against the German club and will be out for two months, according to Barcelona.

She was replaced in the 63rd minute of Barcelona’s win on Wednesday in Group C of the Women’s Champions League as the Spanish side look to defend their title.

“This one hit me so hard, it’s a tough pill for me to swallow. I can’t lie,” Oshoala wrote on social media.

“Thank you for the messages, I will be back soon and even better.”

The four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year is Barcelona’s leading scorer this season with 12 goals in 12 appearances, and the top scorer in the Spanish League, with 11 goals in nine games.

The first African winner of the European Women’s Champions League now faces a race to be fit for Nigeria’s tricky 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations play-off against Ivory Coast in February.

Her country’s captain and the continent’s most decorated female footballer, Oshoala is expected to play a key role for the faltering Super Falcons against the Ivorians who stopped them from reaching the 2020 Olympics.

The team and Nigeria women’s football coach Randy Waldrum have come under huge criticism after the struggling nine-time African champions edged bitter rivals Ghana 2-1 to reach the second round of qualifying.

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