Jose Peseiro is facing significant crisis in his defence line as he prepares for the Nigeria versus Guinea Bissau clash in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations double-header later this month.
The Super Eagles take on the Wild Dogs in a match-day three encounter of the 2023 AFCON qualification series at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on March 24, with the reverse fixture billed for the Estádio Nacional 24 de Setembro de Bissau three days later.
The Eagles have been struggling defensively lately, and Portuguese Peseiro has been feeling the pressure after his side let in at least a goal in seven of their last eight games and losing their last three matches.
Queens Park Rangers defender, Leon Balogun, is one of his club’s long term absentees and is still weeks from returning to action.
Stand-in captain, William Troost-Ekong, who moved to Serie A club Salernitana from Watford in January, has only played three games for the Italian topflight club.
The 28-year-old, has been out of action since February 13, after suffering a worrying knee injury in Salernitana’s 1-0 loss to Hellas Verona.
Kenneth Omeruo is another player who has not featured at club level for Legates since January 16, when he played against Albacete.
The defender is currently recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained two months ago and he remains a huge doubt for the encounter.
The 29-year-old, who missed the Eagles last encounter against Portugal last November, looks sets to be excluded from the fixtures against Guinea Bissau in a fortnight.