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Villarreal’s Chukwueze still missing but Dia makes La Liga debut against Granada


The Yellow Submarine have handed the Senegal striker his Spanish topflight bow but will be without their Nigerian star

Samuel Chukwueze remains unavailable to Villarreal, as he sits out of his team’s La Liga opener against Granada.

The Nigeria international has been out of action since picking an injury during the Yellow Submarine’s Europa League semi-final fixture against Arsenal on May 6.

Before his injury nightmare, the Super Eagles was a threat to the Gunners’ backline, very nearly giving the Spaniards an early lead after four minutes.

Sadly, his contributions in the competition came to an end, however he still picked up a winner's medal after his Spanish topflight side beat Manchester United in the final to emerge as champions.

Despite returning to personal training, the 22-year-old Nigerian did not make Villarreal’s cut for their Uefa Super Cup fixture with Champions League holders, Chelsea.

In his absence, manager Unai Emery opted to start new signing Boulaye Dia alongside Gerard Moreno and Yeremi Pino as his front three.

Chukwueze is expected to be available for Nigeria when they begin their World Cup qualification campaign in September.

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