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Iwobi tests positive for Covid-19, sends message to Osimhen

Everton star Alex Iwobi has returned a positive test for Covid-19, according to the latest reports in his home country of Nigeria.
Wide-man Iwobi was expected to take part this evening, when the Super Eagles faced off against Benin.
The clash marks an important one in AFCON qualifying, with the two nations vying out for top spot in Group L.
But, as outlined above, just hours before kick-off at the Stade Charles de Gaulle, visitors Nigeria were dealt a blow on the personnel front.
This came in the form of confirmation that key attacker Iwobi would be playing no part in proceedings, after testing positive for Covid-19:
The Everton star will now enter a period of self isolation in his home country, before sitting out Nigeria’s meeting with Lesotho next Tuesday, too.
Benin pair Rodrigue Kossi and Jacques Bessan, meanwhile, also returned positive coronavirus tests.
celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on September 01, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)
Iwobi’s potential participation next time out at club level has of course now also been thrown very much up in the air.
Everton are set to return to action on Monday the 5th of April, in a Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have been forced to deal without a host of important players of late, with the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure having been sidelined for extended stretches.
In turn, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men in the thick of the battle for European football, the Italian will no doubt be keen to hear that Iwobi is recovering in a timely fashion over the coming week.
In a related development, Iwobi has sent a message to Victor Osimhen in the wake of the Super Eagles 1-0 win against the Republic of Benin on matchday five of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Hale End Academy product was originally named in the starting lineup to face the Squirrels but was eventually omitted from the matchday 23 altogether after he tested positive for coronavirus, just before the players and officials departed for the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto-Novo.
It is confirmed that Iwobi wasn’t spotted at the stadium on Saturday evening as he was forced to self-isolate due to the positive test result.
The whole Nigeria squad will undergo new COVID-19 testing when they arrive in Lagos on Sunday and if Iwobi returns a negative result, then his isolation ends with immediate effect.
Writing on Instagram on Sunday morning, Osimhen said : “Qualified!!!✅ #Afcon2022 🇳🇬🦅”.
Responding to the Napoli striker’s post, Iwobi showed his happiness and hoped for a favorable outcome, “My Bro 🤞🏽💕”.
Iwobi had made twenty-two straight appearances for the Super Eagles before he was forced to miss yesterday’s match versus the Squirrels.

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