After recovering from a five-month layoff due to injury, the midfielder is finally available for selection for both club and country.

Watford FC has confirmed that Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has resumed full training, making the 26-year-old eligible for the remainder of the season.

Etebo had been out of action since September after suffering a quad injury in a league match against Newcastle United. He had only joined the Hornets on a season-long loan from Stoke City in the summer.

Etebo, a key component of Nigeria’s senior national team, did not recuperate in time to be included in the squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2021. Despite winning all three of their group matches, the Super Eagles were knocked out of the tournament in the Round of 16 in his absence.

The tenacious midfielder, on the other hand, returns just as Nigeria prepares to face Ghana in a FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff in March.

Etebo’s return is also good news for Watford manager Roy Hudgson.

The Hornets have had a bad run in recent months, winning just three of their 19 games in all competitions while Etebo was out. The club has dropped to 19th place in the Premier League rankings, four points behind Newcastle in 17th.