Awoniyi is nearing complete recovery and is close to being fully fit.

The ex-Nottingham Forest manager, Steve Cooper, sidelined the striker for an extended period, leading to Awoniyi’s exclusion from Nigeria’s squad for the ongoing 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast, where the Super Eagles aim for a fourth title. While Cooper didn’t specify a precise return date, there were concerns that Awoniyi might be unavailable until March.

Contrary to initial expectations, recent social media updates from the striker indicate that he has commenced individual training with the ball. This development suggests a potential earlier return to the pitch, defying the initial estimate of around two months for rehabilitation.

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