Zaidu Sanusi season over after ACL injury

Zaidu Sanusi suffers ACL on his return from AFCON for Porto. | Imago
Nigeria Super Eagles defender Zaidu Sanusi was stretched out for FC Porto in a league game against Estrela da Amadora.

Portuguese giants FC Porto have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of their crucial clash against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League. 

According to reports, Porto will be without Nigerian defender Zaidu Sanusi for the rest of the since starting with the round of 16 clash against the in-form Gunners due to an ACL injury.

Zaidu Sanusi to miss Arsenal tie

The left-back recently returned from a successful outing with the Super Eagles at the AFCON 2023.

Sanusi played prominently as Nigeria made it to the final of the 34th AFCON before a 2-1 defeat to host nation Cote d’Ivoire.

Zaidu Sanusi against Cameroon. Photo Credit: IMAGO

However, the 27-year-old is set to spend the rest of the season on the sidelines following a delicate knee injury on his first game for Porto following his return from AFCON.

Per journalist, Zach Lowy, the injury and duration were confirmed by Porto manager Sergio Conceicao during his post-match press conference after the 2-0 win against Estrela da Amadora in the Primera Liga on Saturday night.

Sanusi had only played four matches this season for the Portuguese side before he joined Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the AFCON but started the game against Estrela.

Zaidu Sanusi in action for Porto | Imago

But he could not finish the game as he was carried off on a stretcher after just 32 minutes, ruling him out of the game against Premier League club Arsenal in midweek.

Per Portugal-based outfit A Bola, the defender seems to have picked up a dangerous knee problem.

“In the 29th minute, in a run by André Luiz down the central corridor, Zaidu gains ground on the opponent and it is he who manages to intercept the shot, however, he comes out very complaining, with problems in his left knee,’ it wrote in a report on their website.

Zaidu Sanusi against Angola Image credit: Imago

In his absence, Brazilian left-back Wendell is expected to now enjoy an extended run in the Porto team.

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