Injured Mikel named in Nigeria squad
Obi Mikel, who last played for Chelsea at the end of September, has an ankle injury and was not included in the club's squad for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid.
Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu has recalled Russian-based defender Chidi Odiah and Brugge striker Joseph Akpala to the squad released by the country's football association.
Goalkeepers: Dele Aiyenugba (FC Beni Yehuda), Greg Etafia (Moroka Swallows), Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv)
Defenders: Dele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam), Onyekachi Apam (OG Nice), Elderson Echieljile (Stade Rennes), Obinna Nwaneri (FC Sion), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow), Daniel Shittu (Bolton Wanderers), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille), Joseph Yobo (Everton)
Midfielders: Olufemi Ajilore (FC Groningen), Yusuf Ayila (Dinamo Kiev), Sani Kaita (Lokomotiv Moscow), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Seyi Olofinjana (Hull City)
Forwards: Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton), Joseph Akpala (FC Brugge), Michael Eneramo (Esperance), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth), Obafemi Martins (Wolfsburg) Obinna Nsofor (Inter Milan), Peter Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow)