Shanghai's Obafemi Martins has World Cup hopes shattered
Besides losing their star, the big-spending Chinese club were eliminated from the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Former Nigeria international Obafemi Martins has been ruled out for seven months after sustaining a hamstring injury at Tuesday’s Shanghai Shenhua 2-2 draw against Kashima Antlers in the AFC Champions League.
The 33-year-old striker was carried off midway through the first half, being replaced by Jianqing Mao.
Martins’ injury, a rupture of the hamstring of quadricep on the right knee, comes three days after scoring a hat-trick for Shaghai Shenhua in their 4-2 win over Hebei CFFC on Saturday.
Tuesday’s draw means that the big-spending Chinese side is unable to qualify for the AFC Champions League knockout rounds.
Martins’ World Cup hopes over
Martins has spent two years in the Chinese Super League (CSL) club, joining from Major League Soccer (MLS) side Seattle Sounders in 2016, scoring a total of 31 goals since.
Due to his good form, the former Inter Milan and Newcastle forward held hopes of earing a spot in Nigeria’s squad for the World Cup.
He hasn’t featured with the Super Eagles since 2015, scoring his last international goal in 2010 against Madagascar.
However, Tuesday’s injury ends any faint hopes of joining his country’s team in the World Cup finals.