Injured Mikel flown to England for surgery

Injured Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi is understood to have been flown to London for urgent surgery to be carried out on him by one of the top surgeons in Europe.

As reported on sports.enorth.com.cn, the 30-year old midfielder who has missed Tianjin TEDA's last three games due to a abdominal strain could be out for more weeks again.

It is understood that the Nigeria international has lost confidence in the local medical treatment he has been subjected to before now.

Last month, Mikel underwent a traditional Chinese acupuncture in a bid to be fit for a Chinese Super League clash against Chongqing Dangdai Lifan FC.

"Mikel has not played in the league for three consecutive weeks as he has returned to the UK to prepare for surgical treatment, which also means that he will miss the next three league games," the report by sports.enorth.com.cn, states

Even outside his injury problems, Mikel has always been a major doubt for the Super Eagles camping in Corsica, France next month as the Chinese Super League season will still be in progress.

Mikel has scored once in three Chinese Super League appearances since joining on a free from Chelsea this term.