Azubuike Egwuekwe may not be available for selection in Friday’s game against Zambia after being infected with chickenpox which was reportedly brought into camp by Kano Pillars midfielder Gabriel Reuben, who was selected for the Nations Cup in spite that he was already nursing a groin injury.
According to SportingLife, Egwuekwe had already been ill before Nigeria's opening game against Burkina Faso.
"That was why Yobo could not be substituted in our match against Burkina Faso because Azubuike who plays the same position had chickenpox,” a source disclosed.
"So don't be surprised when you see Yobo play the full game on Friday."
The rest of the team have long been quarantined and vaccinated to avoid a further spread of the virus.
The news of Egwuekwe's possible absence from Fridays's game comes as a blow since Nigeria are already short of defensive options as they head into a must-win encounter against Zambia, following the sending-off of Efe Ambrose against Burkina Faso.