Fit-again AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo has been recalled by Nigeria for next month’s international friendly against Ghana.
Before that, the Super Eagles must win all-important Nations Cup qualifier at home to Guinea.
An ankle injury kept Taiwo out of the Super Eagles matches against Madagascar and Argentina earlier this month.
However, there is no place on the 22-man squad for first-team goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama or England-based defender Danny Shittu.
Meanwhile, five other players will join the squad for the Guinea game in London for the friendly on October 11.
The players are Nosa Igiebor, Gege Soriola, Emmanuel Ekpo, Ugo Ukah and Nnamdi Oduamadi.
Lille goalkeeper Enyeama was also dropped for recent games after he took an exception to the team’s travel plans to Madagascar.
Israel-based Austin Ejide will now replace Enyeama.
Also axed is Solomon Okoronkwo of Norwegian club Aalesund, whose inclusion has been widely queried.
Nigeria host Guinea in a final qualifying match on 8 October in Abuja.
The Eagles, who are three points adrift group leaders Guinea, need to win by at least 1-0 to win their qualifying group and progress to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in January.
The full squad:
Goalkeepers: Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petah Tikva), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei-Yehuda), Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves)
Defenders: Taye Taiwo (AC Milan), Joseph Yobo (Everton), Efe Ambrose (FC Ashdod),Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga), Chibuzor Okonkwo (Heartland FC), Dele Adeleye (Tavriya)
Midfielders: Joel Obi (Inter Milan), Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Fengor Ogude (Valerenga)
Forwards: Kalu Uche (Neuchatel Xamax), Ikechukwu Uche (Granada), Osaze Odemwingie (West Bromwich Albion), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev), Chinedu Obasi (Hoffenheim), Peter Utaka (OB Odense), Ahmed Musa (VVV Venlo), Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow), Obinna Nsofor (Locomotiv Moscow), Ekigho Ehiosun (Samsunspor)