Nigeria and Chelsea of England midfielder, John Mikel Obi has been sidelined for the next one month after undergoing minor knee surgery.
The surgery has also meant that the Super Eagles stalwart will not be available for Nigeria’s international friendly against Bolivia on March 26 in Uyo.
Mikel has been absent from Chelsea’s past four matches, including Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the League Cup final.
Chelsea’s Portuguese Manager, Jose Mourinho, confirmed yesterday that Mikel who has had an operation to correct the issue is expected back to action in April.
“Mikel had a little surgery on his meniscus,” Mourinho told the English press.
“We are expecting him to be out for about a month – one week is already gone. There is not too much optimism or pessimism.
“I would say he will return first week of April.”
Mikel is now likely to miss the Premier League matches against West Ham, Southampton and Hull City as well as the home leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain.