Seattle Sounders FC star Obafemi Martins looks unlikely to go to this summer's World Cup after his club head coach Sigi Schmid revealed that there had been no contact with the Nigeria camp.
The former Inter Milan man has scored 18 goals in 39 games for the national team, but hasn't featured for the Super Eagles in over a year.
But a fine start to the new season in Major League Soccer has seen fresh questions emerge about the possibility of Martins making a shock appearance in Brazil. The forward has three goals and four assists so far, and has played a crucial role in Seattle's charge to the top of the table.
"It's a question for Stephen Keshi, his coach", said Schmid, when asked about the Nigerian's chances.
"Oba and I talked about it the other day, and there hasn't really been any contact. Their coach has his own ideas."
"I know their camp's going to be in Europe and then they're going to move to Miami, but as of yet there's been no talk of Oba."
Martins appeared at the last World Cup for Nigeria, but has only played twice since Keshi took the national team reins in 2011, and just once since his move to the US.
In recent years, Emanuel Emenike and Shola Ameobi have broken into the squad, while Brown Ideye has become an established international and plenty of talents from the Nigerian Premier League have been given opportunities.
The Super Eagles have enjoyed a successful spell with this new group of players, winning the African Nations Cup last year.
These combined factors have seen few chances for Martins, who sits fourth in a table of Nigeria's all-time goalscorers.
Speaking last month on the prospect of going to Brazil, the forward said:
"I don't know anything for now, and some of my teammates don't know either.
"I want to go to the World Cup. Who doesn't want to?
"The most important thing right now is that I play here, enjoy myself and help the team."
If Martins is to remain in the States over the summer, he will have added responsibility with teammate and MLS top-scorer Clint Dempsey certain to be involved in the Brazil tournament. The Texan is captain of the USA national team, and has netted eight times already this season in total.
In other news, Sounders FC have announced their separation from American football outfit Seattle Seahawks.
The two clubs have had a business partnership since 2007, which has seen them share offices and share a president, Peter McLoughlin.
The Rave Green have now moved offices to Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle, and McLoughlin will no longer be president - a role that will remain unfilled in a new club structure.
There will be no obvious changes to the playing side of things, and Schmid thanked the Seahawks for their role in establishing the club.
The 61-year-old said, "They are a tremendous organisation and it was fantastic to be a part of that, but for us right now this is a positive growth."
The German also suggested that some form of co-operation would continue between the two Seattle giants.
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