Watford midfielder Peter Etebo is anticipated to be out for between 4 and 5 months due to a leg damage.
Etebo, 25, tore a quad muscle within the Hornets’ 1-1 draw towards Newcastle, and the membership introduced on Thursday that he wouldn’t return till the brand new 12 months.
The Nigeria worldwide, who’s on mortgage from Stoke, is subsequently set to overlook the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, which begins on 9 January.
Watford, who’re twelfth within the Premier League, go to Leeds on Saturday.
Etebo has received 39 caps for Nigeria and was a part of the squad that beat Liberia 2-0 in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in September earlier than being pressured to miss the subsequent tie in Cape Verde as a result of UK’s coronavirus rules.
The damage means he’ll miss Nigeria’s subsequent 4 World Cup qualifiers, a blow to Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr who sees Etebo as certainly one of his most skilled and necessary gamers.
The membership say midfielder Tom Cleverley and goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann ought to each be out there once more.