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Nigeria's Iwobi hospitalised with food poisoning but set to play against Egypt

AFP , Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Mar 2016
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Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has been hospitalised in Nigerian capital Abuja after falling ill from food poisoning but should be ready to play against Egypt in Friday's African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Iwobi, 19, was too sick to train with the rest of the Super Eagles squad ahead of the clash at home to Egypt in Kaduna.

"He suffered from food poisoning and so was not part of the training. But his condition is stable," Nigeria coach Samson Siasia told a news conference.

Iwobi probably got sick after eating a salad, Siasia said.

The Nigerian Football Federation later said that Iwobi is "set to play against Egypt". 

His father, Chuka, who flew with him from London, has visited the young striker in hospital.

Over the weekend, Iwobi crowned his first full Arsenal Premier League debut with a goal in a 2-0 win over Everton.

He has played two friendly matches for Nigeria since he changed international allegiance from England.

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