“Bright Dike, who stars in the MLS for Portland Timbers has been invited to play in his (Mikel's) stead and we are sure that he will do well in the encounter, especially as he is based in the United States,” Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said.
Dike, 25, is uncapped at any level and joins Sharks FC's Gomo Onduku in replacing the absentee duo, along with defender Onyekachi Apam, who have withdrawn from Wednesday's friendly against Venezuela in Miami.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has added uncapped striker Bright Dike to the squad ahead of Wednesday's friendly international against Venezuela in Miami.
Dike was born in Oklahoma City, to Nigerian parents and is in only his second year in the MLS after a successful college career at the University of Notre Dame.
He netted five goals in 12 matches toward the end of Timbers' 2012 campaign, which ended two weeks ago.
Timbers finished second from bottom in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.