A big blow has been dealt on Libya in their build-up to the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Nigeria.

One of the team's top players named on the 22-man shortlist to face the Super Eagles has now been ruled out.

Libyan newspaper, Al Wasat has reported that manager Adel Amrouche was forced to hand a call-up to Mahmoud Walou of Al Ahly Tripoli as replacement for Tarek Nassr Jemal, who was injured at his team's camp.

Mahmoud has been invited to bolster the Mediterranean Knights after starring for Al Ahly Tripoli in their Arab Club Champions Cup matches against Wydad Casablanca last week.

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In a related development, the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has called up 24 players for the upcoming games and there are no injury worries heading into this weekend's matches in Europe and Asia.

Nigeria will host their North African opponents at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on October 13 before traveling to Sfax for the return leg which will hold on October 16.

Libya top Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with four points, one more than the Super Eagles ahead of the first competitive match between the two countries.

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