It is quite sad news for Nigeria and Napoli as their star striker Victor Osimhen has been ruled out football action for the next 90 days. The player went through the surgeon’s knife on Tuesday and it was with much hope the process began with the fans of both teams waiting to hear a much shorter period to rest but the announcement that followed the process has become quite disappointing.
Several Italian news outlets broke the news Tuesday night.
Football Italian which quoted the surgeon said the Napoli striker needed six plaques and 18 screws to repair the devastating damage.
It was an accidental clash of heads at San Siro on Sunday gave Osimhen multiple fractures in his cheekbone and orbital bone. Then it was added that “He will be out of action for circa 90 days – three months.”
The number of days clearly rules him out of the African Nations Cup scheduled to kick off in Cameroon in January.
“Osimhen’s injury was not just a simple fracture to the cheekbone, as it involved many other bones in his face,” the surgeon Gianpaolo Tartaro was quoted as speaking to 1 Stadion Radio.
“It wasn’t an impact injury, it was one of compression. The kinetic force generated by the crushing of Osimhen’s face against the back of Skriniar’s head did devastating damage.
“In order to repair the fractures, I had to insert six plaques and up to 18 screws.”
The medical expert could, however, not give any other details concerning what other side effects there could be. The surgeon said it was still too early to tell the full effects of this injury until further checks are made over the coming weeks.
He added in the interview with the radio station, “It really was a complex operation. The condition of his face was really bad, but I can guarantee the surgery was a complete success.”
Osimhen had scored five Serie A goals and four in the Europa League so far this season, making him the most prolific player for Napoli. In the Super Eagles line up he was seen as the most business-like player upfront and indeed on the pitch. Last week he was the Man-of-the-Match in the World Cup qualifying game between Nigeria and Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. He scored the goal for Nigeria in the 1-1 draw.
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