Paul Onuachu: The extent of Super Eagle’s injury revealed and how many games he will miss

Turkey-based Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu has been confirmed to have been ruled out of action for a month following the injury he sustained in Trabzonspor’s 1-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir in a top-flight cup game played on Wednesday.

Onuachu was part of the Super Eagles squad for the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations held in Ivory Coast and joined the list of Super Eagles who are currently nursing different kinds of injuries post-AFCON.

The 29-year-old hitman was playing in his third game but only his first start post-AFCON for his side when the injury occurred.

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Onuachu and his stats so far

In Ivory Coast, Onuachu was only brought on as a substitute in the four games in which he featured for the beaten finalist during the campaign.

The big striker, who is currently on loan from Southampton, has scored nine goals and registered three assists for the Turkish side so far this season, suffered a fracture on his arms and will be out of action for at least a month, according to reports by Milliyet.

After making a move from Belgian side Genk in January 2023 for £18 million to the top flight in England, Onuachu’s ascendency spiralled down as he struggled for form with the Saints in a season that saw the English side relegated from the Premier League to the Championship.

Onuachu, who has won League titles in Denmark and Belgium, scored 79 goals in 114 appearances for Genk was voted Belgian Footballer of the Year, and won the country's top-scoring Golden Bull trophy.

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How many games will Onuachu miss through injury?

He will likely be missing four league games, against Alanyaspor, Fatih Karagumruk and Fenerbache in March, while he will miss another against Konyaspor in early April.

Trabzonspor will be hoping that he gets back to action early enough as they continue their push for a place in Europe.

They currently sit third in the Super Lig and will be banking on goals from the Nigerian to achieve that feat.

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