Coach Gernot would have only 23 players from the roster of 28 that he invited to prosecute Friday’s high-profile friendly against the Polish national team.

Bounce Sports gathered that five players will be missing due to varying reasons ranging from visa glitches to injury and work permit issues.

It is understood that the trio of Daniel Akpeyi, Gabriel Okechukwu and Junior Ajayi will be missing owing to their inability to secure travel visas to Poland but they will be in London for the Serbia game.

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On his part, Oghenekaro Etebo is missing due to injury while Captain John Obi Mikel is missing the Poland game due to delays in sorting his Work Permit papers in China where he plays for Tianjin TEDA.

Friday’s friendly is billed to be played at the 43,00–capacity stadium in Wroclaw, and it will get underway by 8.45pm as Poland and Nigeria begin their World Cup preparations in earnest.

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