Super Eagles and Leganes defender Chidozie Awaziem has been ruled out of Thursday’s Spanish Laliga clash against Athletico Bilbao.
Leganes are faced with the daunting task of beating Bilbao to stand a slim chance of staying afloat and avoid a drop to Spanish second-tier division. But the task now looks even more impossible with the non-availability of one of their best defenders.
Leganes currently occupy 18th spot on the log with 32 points from 36 matches and will need an outright win over Bilbao if they are to supplant 17th placed Alaves.
Kenneth Omeruo appears to have gotten over the hamstring injury cupped against Sevilla last June while Awaziem was penalized by Committee of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) owing to accumulated bookings, laligatv can report.
Indeed coach Javier Aguirre would need to dig deep into his technical books of tricks and come up with a game plan to outwit Athletic Club at the San Mamés Barria (Bilbao) on Thursday evening.
The former Nantes defender bagged his tenth yellow card in last weekend 1-0 win over Valencia to earn a match ban.
Awaziem, who was recently nominated for CD Leganes Player Of The Season joined Leganes on loan from Portuguese side FC Porto and has been one of the club best performer this season.
He has featured in 26 matches this season and has passed in various positions for the club like centre back, right full-back and defensive midfield position.
Awaziem was nominated alongside 4 other players, Oscar, Recio, Rodriguez and one other player. Awaziem who has also played in French Lique One for Nantes is expected to return to his parent club Porto at the end of the season.