Nigeria name Mikel in World Cup squad

Last Updated: May 11, 2010, 10:39 AM IST

Abuja: Injured Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was named on Monday in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the World Cup.

A knee injury kept the 23-year-old out of the London club’s last three games in the title run-in but Nigeria Lars Lagerback is banking on his return to fitness for the tournament in South Africa starting next month.

The squad also marked a return for Everton forward Victor Anichebe, who had spent almost a year sidelined through injury, and John Utaka of FA Cup finalists Portsmouth.

The surprise omission was defensive midfielder Seyi Olofinjana of Hull City.

Nigeria play in Group B at the tournament against Argentina, Greece and South Korea.

Bureau Report