Nantes’ Blow: Moses Simon Out for Season After Mali-Nigeria Clash Injury

by Frederick Akinola
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French Ligue 1 side Nantes faces a significant setback as Nigerian forward Moses Simon is ruled out for the season due to an injury sustained in Nigeria’s match against Mali. Simon, who featured prominently for the Super Eagles, suffered a fractured fibula during the encounter.

Initially called up for international friendlies against Ghana and Mali, Simon’s participation came to an abrupt halt during the Mali game. A collision with the goalkeeper led to his substitution in the 33rd minute, with subsequent medical assessments revealing the severity of his injury.

Nantes, currently battling relegation in Ligue 1, will dearly miss Simon’s contributions on the pitch. With just eight games remaining in the season, coach Antoine Kombouare faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement for the 28-year-old winger, who had made 22 appearances for the club before his injury.

Simon’s absence also deals a blow to Nigeria’s aspirations, as he will miss the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa. The timing of the injury compounds the challenges for both club and country, highlighting the unpredictable nature of football and the importance of squad depth in navigating such setbacks.

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