Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been included in Nigeria’s squad for this month’s friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso.
Iheanacho had previously been warned by manager Gernot Rohr that a lack of game-time at City could cost him his place in the 25-man squad but the 20-year-old’s recent absence has not stopped him being chosen to represent his country.
Iheanacho has not appeared for City since his 28-minute substitute stint in the 4-0 loss to Everton on the 15th January, having been pushed down the pecking order by the arrival of Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus’ injury lay-off has afforded the chance to Iheanacho to try to impress Pep Guardiola until the end of the season, but speculation suggests that the Nigerian, who is a product of City’s youth academy, could be looking for a move away from the club if he does not secure regular play-time.
Reports emerged earlier this week that Iheanacho was the subject of an offer from China in January but did not hold talks with the unnamed club after Rohr told him that China was not the place to go.