I Managed to Continue AFCON Knock-out Stages – Ekong

Nigerian defender, William Troost-Ekong has revealed that he managed to play in the knock-out stages of the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

It was reported that Ekong, 30, suffered an injury in the second group stage game against host nation, Cote d’Ivoire.

Sports journalist, Fabrizio Romano had earlier disclosed on Monday that Ekong is in Finland to undergo minor surgery.

Meanwhile, the central defender in a statement posted on his X account, formerly Twitter on Tuesday confirmed that he will be undergoing surgery.

“As many know, I got injured during AFCON. Disappointingly, the injury has turned out to be more serious than first thought. I have always given everything and pushed myself. Every player has played with pain at some point in their career to fight for club or country. It’s part of the game,” the Super Eagles captain stated.

The PAOK player added: “I managed to continue in the knock out stages, and I was willing to continue to do the same now to help PAOK push for the prizes in the league & Europe too.

“But after more assessments and consultations, it was the best decision long-term to undergo surgery now. My full focus is on getting back better than ever before.”

Romano said that he is expected to return in PAOK’s colours before the end of the season.

Recall that Ekong scored three (3) goals and won the best player of the tournament (AFCON) that went down in Cote d’Ivoire.

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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