Nigeria’s wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho was stretchered off the pitch on Wednesday night during Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League second leg play-off win over Romanian side, Steaua Bucuresti.

City’s official Twitter feed commented on the incident just after it happened, saying, “Concern for Kelechi who has pulled up chasing a ball through. City medical staff on the scene…”

The forward looked to sustain the problem after attempting to chase a ball in the 74th minute and was replaced by Fernandinho.

Iheanacho was handed his first start of the season under new coach, Pep Guardiola, after coming on as second half substitute against Sunderland and Stoke City in the English Premier League.

He was an unused substitute in the first leg of the play-off tie against Bucuresti in Romania last Tuesday.

Iheanacho may not be available for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania billed for September 3, though the extent of damage in his injury has not been confirmed.

He is one of the 23 players invited by the new German Technical Adviser for the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr.

Iheanacho’s injury, notwithstanding, Manchester City progressed to the group phase of the Champions League with a 6-0 aggregate win.

Fabian Delph’s 55th minute header gave City a slim 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium to complement their 5 – 0 first leg win.

In the same match, Nigerian-born England U-19 defender, Oluwatosin Adarabioyo, also made a second half appearance by replacing John Stones in the 59th minute.

City will now wait to know who their group opponents will be after Thursday’s draws.



Author: Timilehin Boyinde

Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.