Italian Side Napoli Issue Injury Update on Nigerian International Striker Victor Osimhen

Italian Side Napoli Issue Injury Update on Nigerian International Striker Victor Osimhen

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:18 PM
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  • Victor Osimhen excused himself from the international friendly between Nigeria and Portugal last month
  • The Nigerian international has recuperated and is now fully fit, according to Napoli's doctor
  • Osimhen was in blistering form for Napoli, scoring five goals in five matches in November

Italian giants Napoli have confirmed that Victor Osimhen has fully recovered from an injury that prevented him from Nigeria’s friendly against Portugal in November.

The Super Eagles striker was on fire just before the World Cup break netting five goals in five games for Napoli as they remain top of the Serie A standings.

Osimhen was named in the squad for the Nigeria vs Portugal friendly, which took place on November 17, but the 23-year-old opted out due to injury.

Victor Osimhen, Super Eagles, Napoli, Nigeria
Victor Osimhen has recuperated from his injury. Photo: Matteo Ciambelli
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The club doctor Canonico has disclosed that the former Lille of France striker is back to full fitness and is ready to go. Dr Canonico said as per FantaCalcio said, as per Soccernet:

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“Kvaratskhelia has already returned to the group, the back pain has passed.
“Osimhen has also recovered from a trauma to the lumbar region. Rrahmani’s recovery is proceeding quickly. We aim to get him back January 4 with Inter.”

Napoli have two friendly games lined up before Serie A resumes. They play Antalyaspor and Crystal Palace on the 7th and 12th of December, and Osimhen would look to continue from where he stopped before the international break.

Man Utd suffer Victor Osimhen blow

Meanwhile, according to sources close to the Italian club, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen will not be available during the January transfer window.

The Nigerian international had been on the radar of Manchester United for some time now as the Red Devils continue their search for Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement.

The former Lille of France striker has been in fine form for the Partenopei this season, scoring 10 goals in his 14 appearances in all competitions so far.

Heskey tells Liverpool to sign Osimhen

Sports Brief earlier reported that former Liverpool star Emile Heskey urged the Premier League club to make efforts to sign Nigerian international Victor Osimhen.

The striker, who has been in blistering form for Napoli this season, has been linked with several top European clubs.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Liverpool are all said to monitor the player’s situation in Italy.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.