Ogenyi Onazi out with fractured leg
Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi faces several months out on the sidelines after fracturing his leg during Nigeria's World Cup defeat to France on Monday.
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Onazi had to be stretchered off in the Super Eagles' 2-0 round-of-16 loss following a challenge from Blaise Matuidi.
The 21-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital in Brasilia, with tests confirming he has a fractured tibia and fibula in his left leg.
Thanks to every one for your prayers, will be fine by his grace God bless nigeria. pic.twitter.com/8y2QNc9DM2- Onazi Ogenyi Eddy (@OnaziOgenyi) June 30, 2014
Matuidi apologised to Onazi in L'Equipe for the challenge, which only led to a yellow card for the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.
"I'm sorry," he said. "I've not gone in to hurt him; I'm disappointed because I'm not a dirty player.
"I went into the [Nigeria] dressing room afterwards to apologise."
Onazi, who is under contract with Lazio until June 2016, took to Twitter again to thank Matuidi for his apology.
However, Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie shared a joke with Onazi over the incident on his Twitter account.
Onazi just found the red card the referee lost yesterday pic.twitter.com/ejHwiey2B9- Peter Odemwingie (@OdemwingieP) July 1, 2014