Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has revealed that he is completely fit to play in Nigeria's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt after recovering from a bout of food poisoning. The former England youth international was taken to hospital in Ajuba on Monday, but has since been released.
The Nigerian-born forward is the latest to break into the Gunners first-team and has become a regular fixture after impressing in the youth ranks. He scored his first senior goal in his first start for Arsenal in the Premier League during their 2-0 win over Everton. Iwobi has been with the north London club since the age of nine and this made him eligible to represent England in international tournaments.
The 19-year-old striker, who has represented England in the U16, U17 and U18 levels, has chosen to represent the country of his birth rather than the Three Lions and is likely to make his first competitive start when they take on Egypt on 25 March. He may come up against Arsenal teammate Mohamed Elneny, who has also been called up for the clash.
Iwobi was in danger of missing out on what is an important clash for the Super Eagles, who are in second place in Group G and have to get a positive result to make up ground on group leaders to have a good chance of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations and defend their title. The striker confirmed that he is fully fit ahead of the game and took part in training on 24 March.
"Had The Maddest Food Poisoning But I Am Good Now & Feeling Ready For The Egyptian Match," Iwobi wrote on his official Twitter account.
"Was Able To Participate In The Training Session Today With The Team , Buzzing For Friday," the Nigerian forward added.
Arsene Wenger, who praised the forward for his performances and his passion for the game, will hope that he returns without any fitness worries as he has now integrated himself into the first-team while also forming a strong bond with Danny Welbeck in the attacking department.