Nigeria Super Eagles may have a massive boost for the 2021 Africa of Nations (AFCON) with Victor Osimhen likely to be fit for the tournament after earlier being ruled out for three months through injury.
Osimhen fractured his eye socket and cheekbone in Napoli’s loss to Inter Milan last month, requiring surgery.
His club, Napoli confirmed after the surgery that the 22-year-old was going to be out for about 90 days, ruling him out of the AFCON which starts January 9 in Cameroon.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport however, the Eagles forward might return to action before the earlier proposed date.
The newspaper said Osimhen would have an x-ray on Tuesday and might have to return to action wearing a mask.
“The prognosis is three months, but the time could also be shorter. It will depend on the reaction of the Nigerian’s body, but there are glimmers of optimism about his recovery at Naples,” La Gazzetta dello Sport said.
“Last Monday he removed the stitches and is feeling pretty good, having already started working on an exercise bike and treadmill.
“Next Tuesday he will do the tac and x-ray and if everything goes as we hope, Victor Osimhen will be able to return to training in Castel Volturno, while the specialists from those exams will study the carbon mask to be supported on the player’s forehead, so as not to press on the eyebrow. A mask that will be made with a 3D printer, on the cast of the center forward’s face .”
Victor Osimhen is Napoli’s top scorer this season, scoring nine goals in 14 appearances. He has also hit the back of the net seven times for the Eagles in 2021, emerging joint top scorer in the AFCON qualifier with five goals.