AFCON 2021: Super Eagles Suffer Serious Setback As Osimhen Ruled Out


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Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen will miss the 2021 African Cup of Nations holding in Cameroon early next year.

This is as the 22-year-old underwent a successful surgery on his cheekbone and eye socket which will keep him out of action for three months.

His club confirmed this in a Tuesday statement.

Osimhen was forced out of Napoli’s 3-2 Serie A defeat to Inter Milan on Sunday evening at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

He had collided with Milan defender, Skriniar.

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The statement read, “On Tuesday morning, Victor Osimhen was operated on his cheekbone and eye socket by Gianpaolo Tartaro, who was assisted by Dr Mario Santagata with Dr Raffaele Canonico also present.

“Titanium plates and screws were used in the operation. The player is doing well and will remain under observation for the next few days.

“Osimhen is expected to return to action in three months.”

Nigeria’s first-choice striker since Odion Ighalo’s 2019 retirement, Osimhen was instrumental to the Super Eagles’ qualification for the 2021 AFCON.


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