MTNFootball.com has learnt that Yobo, who is set for his 90th international cap, has suffered a cruciate ligament knee injury, which could rule him out of action for at least six months.
The injury already meant the experienced central defender missed the decisive Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia in Calabar earlier this month. He was also replaced by Efe Ambrose due to injury in the first leg qualifier in Liberia in September.
“Yobo is nursing a very serious knee injury which may stop him from featuring at the Nations Cup.
He has a cruciate ligament problem in the knee and such an injury could keep out a player for as long as six months,”a top source informed MTNFootball.com
“The team officials are very much aware of this and have started working on several options in the team without Yobo.”
The injury to Yobo could mean that Nigeria Premier League (NPL) stars Godfrey Oboabona and Azubuike Egwuekwe will now stand a good chance of making the final cut to South Africa 2013.