World Cup - Chelsea duo to miss Nigeria friendly in Miami

Chelsea's Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel have been excused from making a long midweek trip to play in Nigeria's friendly international against Venezuela in Miami on Wednesday.

The pair were initially called up by coach Stephen Keshi but after requesting time off to either deal with a personal issue and recover from a minor knock, they have been given permission to miss the match, Nigerian officials confirmed.

Chelsea, however, are likely to lose the players in January when Nigeria compete at the African Nations Cup finals in South Africa.

Stade Rennes defender Onyekachi Apam has also withdrawn from the squad because of injury.