Super Eagles’ defender, Kenneth Omeruo has said he is 100% ready to step into the shoes of new Brighton defender Leon Balogun, should the defender be ruled out of Nigeria’s opening Group D clash against Croatia on Saturday in Kaliningrad due to injury.
The Chelsea player, who spoke to AOIFootball.com at the team’s Mercure Hotel in Kaliningrad, said that every member of the squad is united as the medics will continue to work to ensure every player is available for the opener on Saturday.
“Honestly, we don’t want any injuries at this time because we already lost Simon, but as you know, injury is part of the game and its inevitable for every footballer.
“I have always been ready to play for Nigeria ever since I joined the Super Eagles. If the coaches feel I’m the right person to replace Leon, I’m ready to give my 100% best because the success of the country is very vital at this moment,” Omeruo added.
The former Middlesbrough defender further highlighted the unity in the Eagles camp as the base of the team’s success whilst assuring all Nigerians of a positive outing against Croatia.
Coach Gernot Rohr will not be short of experience should Omeruo feature as the defender has spearheaded Nigeria’s most successful defence in recent times, guiding the country to the Nations Cup title in 2013 and a round of 16 finish at the last World Cup in Brazil, starting in all of those games.