Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is hopeful goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, will return for next year’s world cup in Russia.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers number one, who made his debut against Tanzania in 2015, played a key role in Nigeria’s 2-1 opening world cup qualifier victory against Zambia in October last year.

Rohr said former national goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will quit Lille when he has fully recovered from a knee injury.

Enyeama was Ikeme’s predecessor in the super eagles before he quit international football two years ago after a major falling out.

The Franco-German coach further said he will be happy to have the experienced Enyeama back in the eagles.

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