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Yobo, Yakubu blocked from flying with Everton to Portugal

Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Joseph Yobo were blocked from travelling with Everton to Portugal for their Europa League clash at Sporting Lisbon.

While the rest of the squad left on the official flight, the Nigerian duo were forced to catch a supporters' plane via Amsterdam.

They were not due to arrive until 4am this morning.

A club spokesman tried to play down the problem, with Yobo and Yakubu saying it was purely a technical snag involving relations between Portugal and the African country.

He said: "Yakubu and Yobo have had to travel on a separate flight but will link up with the squad later and train before the match as normal."

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