Watford FC head coach, Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Nigeria international defender, William Troost Ekong won’t be part of the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers game against Ghana.

The 28-year-old defender was included in the list released by Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen earlier today.

Speaking ahead of Watford’s week 28 fixtures against Arsenal, Roy Hodgson confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Watford duo Ismaïla Sarr and William Troost-Ekong have suffered muscle strains and will miss Sunday’s game against Arsenal.

“It’s a muscle strain, the same with Troost-Ekong,” said Hodgson, 74, of Sarr. “It’s going to keep them both out of the equation for the foreseeable future, but I don’t know how long exactly.

“It’s not a minor thing, it’s not a knock, both have muscle strains, and that can take anything from a week to four weeks to recover from.

It is expected that coach Augustine Eguavoen would have to call on someone in the stand-by list.

Nigeria take on Ghana in the 20,000 –capacity Cape Coast Sports Stadium as from 7.30pm on Friday 25th March, with the reverse leg set for the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday, 29th March as from 6pm.

The winner over two legs will earn one of Africa’s five tickets to the 22nd FIFA World Cup finals, scheduled for 14th November – 18th December this year in Qatar.