Kalu was lonely without family in Bordeaux – Gernot Rohr

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Samuel Kalu has struggled with injuries this season.  

Despite being hit by a recurring thigh injury, the Super Eagle has managed to make 20 Ligue 1 appearances this season finding the back of the net four times and assisting a further strike for Girondins Bordeaux.

In 2018, Kalu arrived with a big reputation after impressing at Belgian Pro League side Gent, but recurring injuries have been a major problem in his stint in France so far. 

Speaking to French publication Bordeaux 4 Ever, Nigeria national team manager Gernot Rohr voiced his concerns about the player’s challenges saying that it’s been a difficult period for him in recent months. The German technician highlighted a lack of family support as one of the major obstacles that the 23-year-old is facing currently.  

“We had invited him for Nigeria’s last game, and the Girondins told us no, that they needed him to save themselves. 

“And then he got hurt. They finally sent him to Nigeria anyway, so it was kind of weird. Still, the boy has a lot of injuries this year, I hope he is well supervised on all levels, mentally, medically and sportingly.” 

Kalu has made 13 appearances for the Super Eagles and he was one of the key figures in Rohr’s starting line-up leading up to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, but he collapsed during training which resulted in him being dropped to the bench during the tournament. Despite his struggles, Rohr still feels he has a lot to offer moving forward. 

“Every time he plays with me, he’s good, but it’s true that this season has been rotten with injuries. I hope he can help the Girondins for the end of the season. I rely on him a lot. 

“We communicate quite often. He’s sorry. He was also a bit lonely without his family in Bordeaux. He lacked a little family support. But it’s going to get better and better.” 

It remains to be seen if Kalu will be fit for this weekend’s clash against Stade Reims on Sunday with team doctors still assessing his situation.  

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