Nihat to miss Turkey clashes
By Ugur Cakir
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 23-year-old striker has a knee injury that has already sidelined him from Real Sociedad's opening La Liga clash against Espanyol on Saturday, and he has been ruled out of his country's next two fixtures.
Turkey's crunch clash is against England on October 11 and the young hit-man will want to be fit for the game that will decide which country qualifies automatically for Euro 2004.
Nihat has been unable to train using a ball in recent days but has been advised to continue running to keep up his fitness levels.
He said: "The Real doctors have recommended that I rest. For now I can only run which is a disappointment. But I am convinced that my team (Sociedad) are capable of winning in Montjuic (Espanyol's stadium) without my presence."
Full Turkish squad
Ahmet Yildirim, Ibrahim Uzulmez, Tumer Metin (Besiktas), Bulent Korkmaz, Hakan Sukur, Ergun Penbe, Hasan Sas (Galatasaray), Fatih Akyel, Tuncay Sanli (Fenerbahce), Deniz Barýs (Genclerbirligi), Zafer Özgultekin (Ankaragucu), Okan Yilmaz (Bursaspor), Omer Catkic (Gaziantepspor), Gokdeniz Karadeniz (Trabzonspor), Rustü Recber (Barcelona), Tugay Kerimoglu (Blackburn Rovers), Alpay Ozalan (Aston Villa), Okan Buruk, Emre Belozoglu (Internazionale), Umit Davala (Werder Bremen), Tayfun Korkut (Espanyol).