Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins has had a successful surgery on his ruptured quadriceps tendon in the United Kingdom.
Martins sustained the injury during Shanghai Shenhua’s Asian Champions League game against Kashima Antlers which ended in 2-2 draw in midweek.
A Shanghai Shenhua’s Instagram account posted a picture of Martins’ on the bed with his right leg heavily strapped.
“Martins had a successful surgery in the UK,” the account wrote. The message and photo were also posted on Twitter on Sunday.
The injury rules Martins out of a possible call-up to the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in June as he will be out for up to seven months.
Martins scored four goals in seven games in all competitions in the new Chinese season before he got injured.
Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua on Thursday confirmed that their injured striker Obafemi Martins is presently in England for his surgery.
“Martins is flying to UK for surgery today. Be well soon,” the club wrote on their Twitter handle.
The 33-year-old is going to be off actions for seven months the after suffering a hamstring injury in his right knee in Tuesday’s Asian Champions League encounter against Kashima Antlers.
Martins, who played for Newcastle United and Birmingham City in England, was replaced after his injury. Shenhua were dumped out of the tournament after a 2-2 stalemate at Hongkou Stadium.
The former Seattle Sounders attacker has scored three league goals for Shenhua, who are placed sixth in the Chinese Super League.
Nigeria international Obafemi Martins will be out of action for a lon time between six and seven months having sustain a torn hamstring, his Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua announced on Wednesday, BBC Sport reports.
Martins sustained the injury against Kashima Antlers in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old forward wassubstituted midway through the first half of the continental club fixture which they drew 2-2.
The former Inter Milan and Newcastle United forward joined Shenhua at the start of the 2016 CSL season from Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders.
He scored a hat-trick for Shanghai on Saturday in their 4-2 league win over Hebei China Fortune.
The injury ends any faint hopes Martins may have had of making Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr’s squad for this year’s World Cup in Russia.
Obafemi Martins has scored his first goal in the Asian Champion League for Shanghai Shenhua who played a 2-2 draw at home with Sydney Fc
The game was Shanghai Shenhua’s second draw in the competition after they opened their group game away to Kashima Antlers with a 1-1 draw.
Nigerian international Martins opened the score sheet for the Chinese FA Cup winners in the 26th minute of the encounter before Luke Wilkshire leveled scores two minutes later.
Alex Brosque made it 2-1 for Sydney FC in the 34th minute but Freddy Guarin earned Shanghai Shenhua a share of the spoils six minutes before half time.
In the other group game Suwon Bluewings lost 2-1 to Kashima Antlers.
Kashima Antlers lead the group with four points and they are followed closely by Suwon Bluewings with three points while Shanghai Shenhua are third.
Sydney occupy bottom place with one point.
Shanghai Shenhua will take on Suwon Bluewings in their next game away on the 7th March.
Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins is anticipating a win with Shanghai Shenhua when they clash with Sydney FC in Wednesday’s Asian Champions League (ACL) Group H clash.
This will be his third appearance for the club in the continental competition since debuting last season for Shanghai Shenhua in their 2-0 defeat to Brisbane Roar.
Martins was phenomena in Shanghai Shenhua recording a 1-1 draw away at Kashima Antlers in their opening group game last week and he hasn’t tasted victory with the team in the competition
The 33-year-old Nigerian international is expected to lead Shanghai Shenhua attack as they seek their first group win in the competition.
Australian side Sydney FC on the other hand will have to look to improve on their first game 2-0 defeat to Suwon Bluewings.
Martin’s has scored 18 goals and provided eight assists in 38 games for Shanghai Shenhua since he joined the club two seasons ago
The Obafemi Martins foundation donated hospital equipment to the Lagos State Government. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode took his time to thank the China-based footballer for his services to the state.
Ambode recently donated N50m to Lagos based football club MFM FC Nigerian Footballer, after which, Obafemi Martins donated wheelchairs, crutches and hospital beds to the Lagos State Government through his foundation.
Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins, popularly called Obagoal, will enjoy one of his biggest pay days when he joins Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua as he will pocket twice what he was earning at MLS side Seattle Sounders.
The 31-year-old striker was on $3 million at Seattle Sounders, making him the second highest earner at the MLS club behind US international Clint Dempsey, but half of that was dedicated to tax.
“Martins will earn between 3 and 4 million US dollars in China and this will be free of any taxes,” a source specially disclosed.
It was further gathered that the former Newcastle United star has agreed a year’s deal with Shanghai Shenhua with an option for another year.
The club had finished sixth last season in the Chinese Super League last season.