Nigeria's captain has not been involved with the Super Eagles since the World Cup in Russia. But the team does not appear to have missed its leader.
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Middlesbrough have signed former Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel on a short-term deal as they chase promotion to the Premier League.
Middlesbrough are poised to field both the club's youngest and oldest ever players alongside each other this weekend.
Leeds United's revolution under Marcelo Bielsa continued on Saturday as they maintained their perfect start to the season in the Championship.
Traore, 22, spent the last two seasons at the Riverside Stadium, scoring five goals and providing 10 assists last season.
Burnley have completed their first signing of the transfer window, bringing in defender Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough.
Villa will face Fulham in the final at Wembley on May 26 as they look to end a two-year Premier League exile.
Mile Jedinak headed Aston Villa a step closer to the Premier League as they beat Middlesbrough 1-0 in the first leg of the Championship playoff.
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