Obafemi Martins ruled out for up to seven months

The veteran attacker has been sidelined for a lengthy period...

Shanghai Shenhua forward Obafemi Martins has been ruled out for at least seven months with a torn hamstring in his right knee.

The 33-year-old was forced off in Tuesday’s AFC Champions League fixture as the Flower of Shanghai settled for a 2-2 draw against Kashima Antlers.

The former Newcastle marksman was forced off midway through the first half after a challenge from Yuma Suzuki and was replaced with Jianqing Mao.

Martins who scored a hat-trick against Hebei China Fortune on Saturday, is now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines and any chances of him gatecrashing Nigeria's squad to the Russia 2018 World Cup would not be possible.

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Due to his impressive goalscoring form, the former Seattle Sounders and Inter Milan talisman has been tipped for a return to the national team since 2015.

Gernot Rohr will now have to look elsewhere for other attacking options with the country's fifth all-time top scorer ruled out.