New Stoke City boy Oghenekaro Etebo looks set to take his place in the Super Eagles on the back of an encouraging loan stint at UD Las Palmas in La Liga.
There are very strong indications he will start on Saturday against Croatia in defensive midfield alongside Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi.
Last season, he made 14 appearances for Las Palmas including a five-star display against eventual champions Barcelona.
The former Warri Wolves rookie is best remembered for firing a record four goals past Japan at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, where Nigeria won a bronze medal.
His two inspired strikes in the championship game against Algeria also won Nigeria the U23 AFCON crown in Dakar, Senegal, three years ago.
He was the talisman for coach Samson Siasia at both the U23 AFCON and the Rio Olympics even when he struggled with a niggling knee injury.
A lot has since been expected of this former Feirense of Portugal star at full international level and there is no bigger a stage than the World Cup for him to announce himself.
At 22, he has a big engine, armed with a good shot and has shown over time that he knows his way to goal.
This is ‘Karo’s time to shine.