Bright Osayi-Samuel looks set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in Fenerbahçe’s Ziraat Turkish Cup match at home to Çaykur Rizespor in a Round of 16 fixture, Sunday PUNCH Sports reports.

The Nigerian defender recovered from injury in the 80th minute of the game that Fenerbahce won 2-1, and Osayi-Samuel was replaced by Willian Arao.

This could be a major setback for his departure from the Turkish club as his performance has attracted interest from some Premier League clubs with Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest leading the race to sign the former Queens Park Rangers defender.

According to Turkish media outlet As Marca, Palace are willing to pay €11.3m for the Nigerian defender who has been impressive for the Yellow Canaries this season.

While both teams have been looking to bolster their squads with Osayi-Samuel, his latest injury could be a major setback for him to leave the Canarias Amarillas in the January transfer window.

Fenerbahçe lured the Nigerian international from QPR to Turkey for around €508,000, but as a result of the injury, they may have missed their best chance to sell the Nigerian international for a handsome transfer fee.

Osayi-Samuel has two years left on his current contract and has made 15 league appearances this season for Fenerbahce, who sit second in the Turkish Super League, four points behind leaders Galatasaray.

If the deal goes through, it will be a dream move for Osayi-Samuel, who had dreamed of moving to Selhurt Park three years ago while playing for Queens Park Rangers.

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