Nigeria Boss to Talk With Ranieri and Conte Over Lack of Game Time for Premier League Duo

Published on: 11 October 2016

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has expressed his concerns over the lack of game time Leicester City's Ahmed Musa and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel have had this season, Nigerian publicationOwngoalnigeria.comreports.

The 63-year-old, who was appointed the Super Eagles' boss in August, is considering talks with Antonio Conte and Claudio Ranieri to assess the situation for both players.

Musa was signed by Ranieri from CSKA Moscow for £15m during the summer and was initially a starter for the Premier League champions. But he has since lost his place to club-record signing Islam Slimani, with the Nigerian failing to make the starting eleven in the last two Premier League matches.

Mikel has yet to make a single competitiveappearance under Conte this season, in part due to his late return to thesquad after the Olympics, but Rohr is concerned with the situation for both players, who were involved in Nigeria's 2-1 win over Zambia during the international break.

"It's not the best situation a manager will hope for two of his senior players," the German told Owngoalnigeria. "But we understand that they play for teams that have high competition for places.

"We will however in the coming days have a chat with them on the way forward.

�If need be, talks with their respective managers will also be a welcome idea. For now, we will stay put and see if they get games before our next game.�

The Nigerian duo are set to meet this weekend when Chelsea take on Leicester at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League clash.