Alex Iwobi was rushed to hospital with what was originally suspected to be due to food poisoning.

The young forward, who scored his first competitive goal for the Gunners on his Premier League début against Everton on Saturday, was thought to have suffered food poisoning from some salad he obtained whilst in his native country, to train with his National team ahead of their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt.

As reported to the Express, Samson Siasia, his head coach said:

He suffered from food poisoning and so was not part of the training. But his condition is stable.

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The Nigerian’s father Chuka Iwobi, flew with his son to Nigeria and is accompanying Iwobi until he becomes well.

The original breaking news suggested that Iwobi would miss Friday’s encounter between the two sides, however, Nigeria’s football governing body, the NFF, tweeted out that the youngster had flu and will be fit to play against Egypt.

The latest update means that Iwobi can make his first competitive start for the Super Eagles, which would make him an official Nigerian player, which would refrain him from playing for England, who have made a last-ditch attempt to switch the Arsenal man’s footballing allegiances.