By Joe Apu
China based Super Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi has declared himself fit to return to the national team ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup double header against Cameroon in Uyo and Yaounde.
He is also set to help his team from plunging into relegation waters and play the remaining 12 games for struggling Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League
Mikel, who has been training with his teammates for over three weeks since he fully recovered from a hip injury that kept him out of action for three months but has not featured since then hinted to Chinese news channel that he is rearing to go.
The 30 year old former Chelsea star told Chinese news channel sports.enorth.com.cn that he can make the difference for the club who currently sit 14th in the 16 team league format with two points above the relegation zone.
“I can help the team in so many areas because I’m fit to play now,” Mikel said.
“But it is down to the coaches.”
Tianjin TEDA have not recorded a win in their last seven league games.
Mikel has made three appearances for Tianjin Teda and has scored one goal. His last game was in their 2-0 victory over Chongqing Lifan in April in a Chinese Super League clash.