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Nigeria coach frustrated by Mikel John Obi's lack of game time under Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Uncertain: Mikel John Obi's future at Chelsea is unclear AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is furious with Chelsea coach Antonio Conte for snubbing Mikel John Obi at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel has not played in a competitive game for Chelsea since Conte took over as the club's new permanent coach in the summer.

Standard Sport revealed last week that the midfielder won't be getting a contract extension and this will be his last season at Stamford Bridge.

Rohr claims the 29-year-old is being made to pay a price for leaving Conte's pre-season camp to play for Nigeria at the Olympics in Rio this summer, where he went on to win a bronze medal.
He said: "There is a reason why Mikel is not playing for Chelsea right now and that reason is because he played for Nigeria at the Olympics. He was punished for that.

"I cannot punish a player who loves his country and shows that he loves the Green jersey. I am not happy with what is happening to Mikel at his club because he is my captain.

"I spoke about this with Mikel and the club’s technical director (Michael Emenalo). Mikel is training very well and he plays games in training with the big players at Chelsea."

Conte says he has not been able to pick Mikel because he's suffered some injury problems.
However, he was fit enough to be selected to play in Nigeria's last two World Cup qualifiers against Tanzania and Zambia and is also set to face Algeria tomorrow.
Rohr added: "He (Mikel) is here with us and he is fit and I hope he can play for 90 minutes against Algeria but if it is not possible, we shall see. He is a big player so if he tells me on Saturday he can play for 90 minutes, great but if he says he cannot, then I will also listen to him. 
"I have big confidence in him and if he says ‘it is okay’, then it is okay but when he says ‘it is not okay’ then it is not and I will listen to him."