Sierra Leone captain Steven Caulker will be out for several weeks after undergoing successful knee surgery on Thursday. The injury occurred during Wigan Athletic’s last goalless draw of the English Championship season against Rotherham United last week.
Sierra Leone is set to meet Nigeria on June 18 at the Samuel Kayon Dos Sports Complex in Monrovia, Liberia, and the Leone Stars captain is uncertain that he will be totally healthy in time. The African Cup of Nations matchday five qualifier is a must-win for John Keister’s team if they are to resurrect their chances of reaching Ivory Coast in 2023.
According to football Sierra Leone, the former Tottenham and Liverpool defender has a 50-50 chance of leading Leone Stars against Nigeria.
Sierra Leone boosted their chances of competing in the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast with a 2-0 victory over Central African rival Sao Tome and Principe on March 26 in Morocco. As a result, they are third in Group A, trailing the Super Eagles (9 points) and Guinea Bissau (7 points).