Awoniyi to miss Saudi Arabia, Mozambique friendlies

Taiwo Awoniyi has been ruled out of the Super Eagles friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique preparatory to 2026 World Cup qualifiers after his Premier League club announced he will be sidelined for a month due to a groin injury he sustained during a training session.

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper said Awoniyi will be out of action for several weeks on account of the injury.

The striker missed the club goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday due to the injury.

His Nottingham Forest and Super Eagles teammate Ola Aina is also injured and likely to miss the friendlies.

The Super Eagles take on Saudi Arabia on Friday and then Mozambique four days later with both matches to be played in Portugal.

The team are preparing for 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe next month.