Worries as Oshoala picks injury ahead of UCL final

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With only 12 days until the UEFA Women’s Champions League final, Barcelona supporters are worried as star striker Asisat Oshoala picks up injury during Barcelona’s 2-1 Spanish Liga F loss to CFF Madrid on Sunday.

The Women’s Champions League final between the Spanish champions and Wolfsburg is scheduled for June 3 at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

After battling an ankle ailment that prevented her from playing in the final two league games of the season, the 28-year-old was a late addition to the Barcelona team that thrashed Chelsea 4-0 in the competition’s final last year.

On Sunday, in the last league game of this season, the five-time  African Women’s Player of The Year was subbed off in the 21st minute for Alexia Putellas, who scored the Blaugrana’s only goal, as the champions suffered their first defeat in the league in two years, which ended their 64-match unbeaten run.

The Spanish club has not yet provided any update on the condition of their leading goal scorer, but a Spanish tabloid, Mundodeportivo, said that the Super Falcons star had sustained a hamstring injury.

“Oshoala left the field due to some discomfort in the hamstring of his left leg. When they arrive in Barcelona they will do more tests to see if there is an injury,” Mundodeportivo wrote.

Reacting to the injury, some fans are hoping the Nigerian will return in time for the Champions League final next month.

Eliza said, “I hope Oshoala doesn’t miss the Champions League final. But there are still many other players and Alexia (the captain) is there.”

Another fan, AP91648, believes the striker may be sold due to her injury problems.

“I’m sorry for being like this, but if Oshoala doesn’t make it to the final, today (Sunday) could be her last game dressed as Blaugrana, because I have the feeling that there is a possibility that she will be sold,” she wrote on Twitter.

Mensaje Cifrado added, “Let’s hope Oshoala does not miss the final and with the league already over, starting tomorrow at full, I have no doubts.”

Not worried about the defeat, Sudo said, “The problem is not the loss. Oshoala got injured. I wasn’t watching when it happened, but apparently, it’s a hamstring injury and didn’t look good.”

Meanwhile, Super Falcons Randy Waldrum will be monitoring the injury status of his best striker in the national team as the 2023 Women’s World Cup kicks off in 59 days time in Australia and New Zealand.

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