JOE Aribo has made the decision to withdraw from representing his country in upcoming international fixtures because the midfielder wants to ‘rest’.
The ex-Rangers star made a big-money move to the English Premier League in the summer with Southampton, after he did not sign an extension at Ibrox over the course of the transfer window. Aribo was prized away from Glasgow with reports linking him to England’s top flight for some time, including a potential reunion with former boss, Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa, but the Nigerian eventually settled on the south coast.
The 25-year-old has had a busy start to life under Ralph Hasenhuttl, making seven appearances in the Premier League with one goal so far. The attacker was commended, however, for making a mammoth 80 appearances for club and country last season amid being influential to Rangers’ journey to the Europa League final.
But it appears that his game glut in the last campaign may have caught up with him, as the Super Eagles confirmed Aribo asked to be left out of a friendly game with Algeria due to needing a rest period.
A Super Eagles official said: “Aribo is very much part of Jose Peseiro’s plans. He was not dropped for the matches against Algeria because the player asked to be excused for him to take some rest after his recent transfer to the Premier League in England.”
Former Ibrox teammate, Calvin Bassey was pictured as part of the squad, with the defender already facing his old team in a 4-0 pummelling in the Champions League in Amsterdam last month. The 22-year-old will be back at Ibrox in November on the final matchday of Group A.