Injured Nigeria striker, John Utaka will miss Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash against Arsenal after he suffered a groin injury in a league tie.
Champions Montpellier fell 3-1 Friday night at Reims with Utaka limping out after 25 minutes when his groin snapped.
A scan will be conducted Monday to determine the extent of the injury. He is likely to be sidelined for between four and six weeks and he is certainly ruled out of a Champions League clash against Arsenal.
A top source close to Utaka informed MTNFootball.com that the experienced striker is devastated he will miss this much-anticipated clash.
“Utaka was playing very well before he suffered a serious groin injury when he tried to deliver a cross after just 25 minutes of action in Friday night’s game at Reims. He said he heard a snapping noise as he tried to make a cross.”
Utaka was looking forward to the Arsenal game, saying he wanted to complete “unfinished business” in reference to his unsettled time in the English Premier League with Portsmouth.
He started like a house on fire at Fratton Park but a slump in form and the financial troubles at Pompey combined to force him to return to the French Ligue 1 with Montpellier and he went on to win a historic championship.