Rivers Utd get Keumian, Obomate boast, Rotimi still sidelined

Published on: 14 June 2017

Rivers Utd get Keumian, Obomate boast, Rotimi still sidelined

CAF Confederation Cup campaigners Rivers United will have their Ivorian forward Guy Keumian and Frederick Obomate back in their team for their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match on the road at Lobi Stars this Friday.

Keumian spent two weeks on the sidelines after suffering a contusion of his right foot during the CAF Confederation Cup game against Moroccan club FUS Rabat in Port Harcourt.

He has now resumed full training with ‘The Pride of Rivers’ and is available for the selection for the club’s domestic and continental matches.

Rivers United head of medical department, Dr Chukwuemeka Agi, explained that initial scans conducted on the forward showed no extensive damage to his right foot.

“We had a scan and an X-ray on the affected area and saw that it was nothing more than a contusion of the right foot.

“The initial fear was that he had suffered a fracture as he had been unable to continue participating in the game and had to be stretchered off in the first half.

“He was out for 10 days and after initially using ice to stop the bleeding, and performing gentle physiotherapy on him, he has now returned to full action,” Agi explained when discussing with the club's media.

The medical chief also discussed the conditions of midfielder Obomate, who failed to complete the penultimate NPFL game against Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja on 7 June, as well as veteran goalkeeper Rotimi Sunday , who suffered a hamstring injury in the CAF Confederation Cup game against KCCA in Kampala, Uganda, on 3 June.

“Obomate felt dizzy in the second half after colliding with an opposition player and we knew we could not take any risks (with him).

“He is now back to full fitness and only missed out on the (NPFL) game against FC Ifeanyiubah (last Sunday) as a precautionary measure.

“Rotimi has a hamstring injury and will be out for two weeks.

“He has been placed on medication to stop the pain and he has already commenced stretching exercises,” he concluded.

Rivers United return to domestic action when they face Lobi Stars in Makurdi on Friday before returning to Port Harcourt where they take on KCCA in the CAF Confederation Cup on 20 June.