Super Eagles' Head Coach, Gernot Rohr has wrung some changes ahead of Tuesday's high profile friendly against the Albiceleste of Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia.
All is set for the global friendly between Nigeria and Argentina today in Krasnodar.
Messi was certainly the star name for the friendly in Krasnodar, but the Barcelona maverick has returned to his club after the victory against Russian Federation.
It is expected that boss Jorge Sampaoli will bring in Paulo Dybala for Messi, who scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Ecuador last month as Argentina booked their place at the World Cup at the end of a largely disappointing qualifying campaign.
"We have done really, really well, we have improved and this match will be a good test for us", Mikel said.
"The game will start at 7pm local time, which is 5pm in Nigeria", Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye informed.
It was further gathered that skipper Mikel who was left out of the final World cup qualifier in Algeria on Friday, will return to the starting XI against Argentina on Tuesday. This will be their first game against a non-African side since they played Luxembourg in May a year ago.
They are ranked fourth in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, while Nigeria are 41.
Nigeria and Argentina will clash at the Krasnodar Stadium Today, November 14 as both sides continue preparations for next year's summer World Cup.