Tian­jin’s Mikel to miss Ever­grande clash due to in­jury

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This is also a maiden con­ti­nen­tal out­ing for the two-year old Rivers United, who fin­ished sec­ond in their de­but sea­son (2015/16) in the Nige­rian topflight league.

Tian­jin Teda are set to be with­out John Obi Mikel again when they host Guangzhou Ever­grande in the Chi­nese Su­per League to­day. Mikel has al­ready missed Teda’s match against Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng since suf­fer­ing an ab­dom­i­nal strain in their 2-0 win against Chongqing Li­fan where he got his first league goal for the club.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports from club, the mid­fielder went through a se­ries of tests - in­clud­ing nu­clear mag­netic res­o­nance, but the cause of in­jury which gives him dis­com­fort could not be de­tected.

The 29-year-old will not re­cover in time to take on South China Tiger hav­ing missed club’s train­ings this week, mean­ing boss Jaime Pacheco will be with­out his in­flu­en­tial skip­per at Teda Foot­ball Sta­dium.

Brown Id­eye who joined from Olympia­cos is ex­pected to fea­ture in the crunch en­counter and also end his bar­ren run.

Tian­jin Teda are in need of three points as they at­tempt to close the five-point gap to lead­ers Guangzhou R&F F.C, but they face a ris­ing Ever­grande who are fifth on the log with eight points.

Mikel picked up an in­jury in Tian­jin TEDA’s last match

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