Troost Ekong
Sports

AFCON fallout: Troost Ekong faces extended absence due to injury, vows comeback for PAOK, Nigeria

In a message shared with his fans on social media platforms on Tuesday, Ekong opened up about the severity of his injury and the subsequent decision to undergo surgery.

520

Nigerian professional footballer Troost Ekong, fresh from representing his nation at the recent Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), has been dealt a blow upon his return to club duties with PAOK.

The defender said he discovered that an injury sustained during the continental tournament would require surgery, sidelining him for an extended period.

In a message shared with his fans on social media platforms on Tuesday, Ekong opened up about the severity of his injury and the subsequent decision to undergo surgery.

Despite his disappointment, Ekong expressed gratitude for the support he has received and pledged to return stronger than ever.

“As many know, I got injured during AFCON. Disappointingly, this 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 their club or country.

“It’s part of the game. I managed to continue in the knockout stages, and I was willing to continue to do the same now to help PAOK push for the prizes in the league and 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. PAME PAOK!”

Despite facing this setback, Ekong maintained that his commitment to his club and the sport remains unwavering. With his sights set on a full recovery,

Ekong said he looked forward to rejoining his teammates and contributing to PAOK’s continued success in both domestic and European competitions.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Investing in NPFL: Sports Minister Enoh woos Tony Elumelu, Abdul Samad Rabiu, others

The drive to bolster up football in Nigeria has gained significant momentum,...

NFF debunks appointing Amunike as Super Eagles coach

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has described as fake news that it...

FA Cup: Manchester United survive late scare, to qualify for record-breaking 22nd final

Manchester United, which narrowly defeated Conventry City on penalties, will face Manchester...

Manchester City edge out wasteful Chelsea in FA Cup

Manchester City’s FA Cup title defence has taken them to another final...

Sports Minister signs three groundbreaking MoUs to bolster sports development, funding

Driven by his unwavering resolve to boost sports development in line with...

Sports Minister affirms Nigeria’s readiness for Paris 2024 Olympics

The Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Enoh, has restated the ministry’s...

19th NOGIG Games: Over 1,500 participants are expected to feature in 13 events

More than 1,500 participants will take part in the 19th edition of...

Champions League: Barcelona self-destruct at Nou Camp, knocked out by PSG

Barcelona implode at Nou Camp, as Paris Saint-Germain denies the Blaugrana a...

After 119 years, Leverkusen are Champions of Germany

For the first time in the club’s 119-year existence, Bayer 04 Leverkusen...

I joined Super Falcons by chance – sensational star Michelle Alozie

Super Falcons sensational star Michelle Alozie has disclosed that she became part...

NFF confirms Manu Garba as U-17 coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former U-17 World Cup winner...

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Breathless game at the Emirates ends 2-2

Dramatic Champions League night at the Emirates ends in a draw as...

Sports Minister salutes Super Falcons’ doggedness as 16-year-old jinx is broken

The Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Enoh, has applauded the Super...

Just in: Paris 2024: Super Falcons break 16-year-old jinx, qualify for the Olympics

After 16 years, the Super Falcons qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics...

Billionaire philanthropist Tony Elumelu mulls buying NPFL team

As part of his corporate social responsibility, billionaire banker and philanthropist Tony...

Liverpool’s title ambition suffers huge dent with 2-2 draw at Old Trafford

With seven games to go in Jurgen Klopp’s era in the Premier...

Paris 2024: Sports Minister urges Super Falcons to be resilient in Pretoria second leg encounter

As the Super Falcons gear up for the crucial second leg of...

Sports Minister collaborates with NNPCL to promote national health, wellness

Sen. John Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development, says increased involvement in...

We will bounce back in Pretoria, says Bayana coach Desiree Ellis

After their first-leg defeat by the Super Falcons in Abuja on Friday,...