After a disappointing appearance against Iran, the 23-year-old was dropped for Michel Babatunde, who made a fine job of replacing him.
In two games without Moses, Nigeria have scored three goals, also becoming the first ever African side to score more than once against Argentina.
But in that 3-2 defeat to Lionel Messi and co. Babatunde came off with a fractured arm. While all Nigeria fans will wish the midfielder a speedy recovery, the door has opened up once again for Moses to shine.
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Opta stats show that Moses, who spent last season on loan with Liverpool, failed to register an assist against Iran and only made three success final-third passes. He has been a more prolific dribller but made no accurate crosses and struggled to really get involved.
By contrast, Babatunde has made far more accurate passes since, taken plenty more touches and completed more passes where it counts - in the final third.
Indeed, Ahmed Musa's quick-fire equaliser against Argentina came about from a Babatunde assist.
But even worse for Moses was the fact that, when the 21-year-old came off injured, he was replaced by Michael Uchebo.
Surely, though, coach Stephen Keshi will keep faith in the Chelsea man when Nigeria face likely opponents France in the last-16. After all, Moses' pace and power when he's on form can terrorise the best of defenders - just ask Luke Shaw.
That's a tough one but I'm going for victor moses, purely for his pace and power found it a very difficult test @jamiesmurph7— England (@england) June 6, 2014
Even if he doesn't start, meanwhile, the Blues forward will surely get a chance from the bench - a chance he couldn't have plausibly hoped for had Babatunde stayed fit.
Moses just needs to make sure he grabs it with both hands.