Nigeria and Tobol of Kazakhstan centre back, Stephen Ezeh, has expressed gratitude to well wishers who have empathised with him before, during and after his recent surgery in a Turkish hospital.
In a lengthy statement on his Instagram page on Monday, the 26-year-old said he had a successful minor arthroscopy to fix labral year on his left shoulder, as a preventative measure to avoid any damage to important muscles and shoulder dislocation in the future.
The former Sunshine Stars and FC Ifeanyi Ubah player joined the Kazakhstan Premier League side in January on a free, following an impressive season at Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv, where he scored thrice in 57 appearances.
The shoulder injury has impeded his career at FC Botol, who have playing in the Kazakhstan Premier League since its inception in 1992.
Ezeh also played at Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars in the Nigeria Professional Football League before taking his skills overseas.
He has been capped 13 times by Nigeria since making his debut in 2015, and was a key member of the Super Eagles B team to CHAN 2016, featuring in all the group games, as the team were eliminated in the first round.
His performances at the tournament reserved for players in the domestic leagues led to an invitation to the Super Eagles A team, and was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but failed to make the final 23.